Emotion Detective Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Emotion Detective Worksheet?

An important part of teaching emotional literacy and emotion regulation skills to kids is helping them understand what emotions look and feel like not just on themselves but others around them. Being able to detect emotional changes within themselves is key to learning how to regulate them. While doing the same for others enhances their perspective-taking skills and fosters empathy.  

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet will help young kids identify what emotions look like in a fun way by encouraging them to act like an ‘emotion detective’. It will help them ask the right questions to determine what emotion is shown in the picture. This will help enhance their observational skills and ultimately make it easier for them to understand what others around them may be feeling. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used in group counselling sessions of classroom settings for young kids as part of intensive emotional literacy and emotion regulation skills training. Instruct the kids to observe the facial expressions in the worksheet to determine which emotions they represent. To make it more fun, kids can be asked to act them out while others guess. 

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