13 Emotion lesson ideas

As we are in the early stages of our home education journey, I have realised how difficult it can be for parents to find ideas and work out where to start. Therefore I thought that I would share some of the ideas that we have found or ideas of our own, about each topic which we do.

Our first topic is emotions. We will be exploring different emotions and their impact on our minds and bodies. My daughter has just turned 11 but these ideas can easily be adapted for different ages.

  • Make a poster with the word ’emotions’ in the middle and then get the child to write as many different emotions as they can around the page. Then ask them to draw faces expressing each emotion.
  • Act out each emotion and discuss what they are and how they feel. You could ask the child to tell you an example of a time when they felt each of the emotions.
  • Watch the film ‘Inside out’.
  • Make a Happy collage – Get the child to cut out words and pictures from old magazines and photos of things which make them happy. This also opens up a good dialect about what they are interested in.
  • Draw around the child’s body. Then research into the impact of stress together and label these effects on the different parts of the body.
  • Paint a picture of anger – what the child thinks that anger would look like, colours associated with anger. Perhaps contrast this with a painting of happiness.
  • Make an information leaflet advising people of ways to avoid stress.
  • Complete worksheets from a book such as ‘A volcano in my tummy’ by Eliane Whitehouse and Warwick Pudney – your local library can be great for resources. 
  • Try some cosmic yoga from youtube.
  • Discuss mindfulness and how colouring in pictures can help.
  • Write a short story where the main character experiences two different emotions – describing what made them feel the emotion and how they express the emotion. 
  • Make a calm down kit – if you type this in Pinterest, there will be loads of ideas for this.
  • Make a worry box for your child to post their worries. 

I hope that I have given you some good ideas for a topic on emotions for your home education plan. I would love to know if you do any of these and how you get on. For more ideas follow me on Pinterest where I have an emotions board packed full of ideas. 

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