I have a whole drawer full of printed games and puzzles and activities that I can pull out whenever we need something to change the narrative on our day. One of the activities that I recently added to this collection was a faces & feelings matching game (download it free here). I printed it and laminated it and keep them for a quick, five minute activity from time to time.
You can do it either way – lay out the faces and match the words, or lay out the words and match the faces to them. There are more words than faces because some faces can match a variety of words – like terrified and yelling.
You can either pull out extra words so that you can focus on the words you’re interested in, or you can leave it as is.
I found having extra and slightly ambiguous words quite useful for causing discussion. “Why do you think that face is scary?” “What’s different between yelling and mad, then?” and so on.
It’s a very simple game and an easy printable – or freehand draw if you’re that way inclined. But it is another, good, way to open a discussion on feelings, and if you talk less and listen more, it’s a good way to get to the bottom of some behaviours too.
For more activities on feelings and emotions, click on the image below: