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50 Fantastic Ideas for Exploring Emotions

Helping children to understand, explore and manage their emotions

Emotional comptetence is a gift we can give to a child, but it doesn't develop without adult support, guidance and modelling. Children developing a strong sense of wellbeing is a core outcome in the EYLF, with personal, social and emotional development at the heart of best practice.

This book offers 50 short starter sessions with interesting ideas for follow up, each one focused on a different aspect of emotional development. The activities will help children to understand, explore and manage their own emotions and those of others through discussion, observation, stories, songs and movement.


Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 65 | Code: TS0220 | ISBN: 9781925145205

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Sally Featherstone

Sally Featherstone has a wealth of experience as a teacher, consultant, trainer, and author in the field of early childhood education. In 1993, she and Phill Featherstone founded Featherstone Education, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing.
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Kay Margetts

Kay is currently an Honorary Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has a strong background in early childhood development, learning and teaching both as a practitioner and as an academic. Her main areas of research are transition and adjustment to school, accompanied by a strong record of publications. Kay is regularly engaged in knowledge exchange activities with the education sector including teachers, educators and parents.


Recognising and naming emotions and feelings
The feelings beat6
Feel it in your feet!7
Make a face8
High five!9
Animal antics10
Sort us out!11
Making faces for Kim12
Copy cat!14
Fish a feeling15
Don’t upset the panda!16
Flip it!18
My first day19
Oh, oh, the Gruffalo!20
Finger fun21
Take that baby back!22
Expressing emotions and feelings
Pleased to see you24
How are you feeling today?25
When the wind blew26
Ha! Ha! Ha!27
Fish for a feeling28
Hooray for happiness!29
The happy book30
Managing emotions and feelings
I feel like a volcano31
It just makes me mad!32
Join the glitterati !33
Cool down corner34
I can’t wait!36
I’m sorry38
Scary scary!40
Thinking of others
Hello, what’s your name?41
Roll a smile42
We are all friends43
Cut it out!44
Different is good!45
The blanket of feelings46
Please look after me!48
Bear is lost!49
My lovely mum50
Mystery friend51
You can’t say ‘you can’t play’52
Superhero sadness54
Our new friend56
Personal characteristics
I remember when57
What’s in a name?58
We’ve got talent59
I can do it! Yes, I can!60
I’m OK, you’re OK61
I can’t do it – yet!62
My face, your face!63
Throw your socks in the box!64