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If you have little kids, then I’m sure you’ve heard of Inside Out by now. It’s the newest Disney Pixar movie that is in theaters now. My kids want to see it soooo bad, but we haven’t have a chance to get to the theater. Fingers crossed we can make it this weekend.
My son’s birthday is coming up so I went to Walmart this past weekend looking for some gift ideas and saw the end cap of Inside Out toys. The plush toys are adorable! I picked up one for each of my kids. They can join us for a trip to the movie theater!
As a mom of an adopted child that has a hard time recognizing and expressing negative emotions, I am all about finding ways to talk about emotions with my children, so I really am looking forward to checking out this new movie with her. We have an emotion wheel that we use when discussing her day, and she has a journal that she has to write in each night to help her determine how her day went and what emotions she experienced, but I am always looking for other ways to discuss emotions with not only her, but with my younger two as well. After seeing the fun facial expressions on the Inside Out Plush Dolls and in the movie trailer, I started thinking that it would be neat to create a game that the kids could play on the gloomy, rainy days that we’ve been having. After a bit of brainstorming I came up with this fun Emotions Mix-Up Game.
When I printed this off my kids were super excited to play. They always love testing out new game ideas. And this one turned out to be a hit! They loved seeing what new combinations we could create. We then discussed what the emotion looked like to each of us. It was determined that Anger Eyes + Joy Mouth = Evil Doer and basically angry eyes with any mouth equated to anger or disappointment.
This is great for preschool and school age children and is a creative way to talk about emotions and there are (at least) TWO ways to play! Why do I say at least two ways? Because I’m all about giving the game to your children and letting them find a new way to play!
Download the Inside Out Inspired Emotions Mix-Up Game
Print out the game and cut out the dice. Assemble and tape together. Next, cut out the eyes and the mouths. Place them to the side of the Face page. Have your child roll both dice and find the eyes and mouth that match the dice. Place them onto the face. See what silly faces you can create and discuss what emotions they see reflected.
The second way to play is to print out just the Face page and have your child draw pictures of how THEY or others around them are feeling at that moment. Encourage them to look at themselves in the mirror so that they can see how their face looks at that moment – are their eyebrows raised, their eyes squinted?
Check out my other Early Learning Games for even more printable fun!
So tell me, how do you talk to your kids about emotions and big life changes?