From a very young age children need to be taught about emotions. This will help them develop into emotionally literate adults who are able to empathise, express and regulate their feelings. This book is suitable for Nursery schools, Primary schools, ELSAs, Teaching assistants, Learning mentors, Teachers and parents. Some of the activities can be set up in early year’s settings to allow children to learn independently after having the activity modelled to them first. However, when dealing with ‘anger’ it is often useful to work one to one with a child, especially where teaching techniques to express and regulate their emotions appropriately. Children need to know that every emotion is normal and everyone feels emotions but it is important to deal with emotions in a safe way so that no one is hurt, property isn’t damaged and there is no self-harm.
Resources where possible make use of everyday items and items for recycling. Begin collecting old magazines and comics which are suitable for young children, lolly sticks, plain white paper plates, white plastic picnic plates. Collect pebbles when you go to the seaside, save plastic bottles, buy some cheap playground chalk and collect lots of art materials.
Garden centres sell small pebbles if you can’t get to the seaside and pound shops sell very cheap white paper plates which are used in a few activities.
I really hope you enjoy the activities in this book and use them often with your children.