Understanding emotions is an important part of a child’s overall development, that begins by labeling their feelings. It’s easy for children to misidentify what they’re feeling as: sad, glad or mad, but there are often other emotions that more accurately describe what they are truly feeling. A child’s behavior might look like they are angry. Yet when they have the time to describe the situation that triggered that emotion, they might discover that they are embarrassed or worried. Giving children the language to accurately describe their emotions will help them to understand why they are feeling that way.
This week the Puppet Pals experience a variety of big emotions. They get an opportunity to label how they feel, and then talk with those emotions to learn more about themselves. One Puppet Pal learns that she feels jealous when she thinks she is being left out, and another feels confused when things get chaotic. The Puppet Pals make little stick puppets of their emotions and talk with them to understand why they responded to the events the way they did.
As your children watch the video, they might relate with the feelings experienced by the Puppet Pals. They can make their own Emotion Stick Puppets to help them in labeling and understanding their emotions.