Emotion Cards: Stage 1 - Labelling and Expressing Emotions

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Adults can support children's social-emotional development by labelling and discussing emotions. This process creates a safe environment for a child to discuss their feelings and better prepares them to recognize emotions in themselves and others. 

Our emotion cards help support adults and children in the development of social-emotional skills. Here, in Stage 1, you will find images of facial expressions that represent emotions, while on the back of the card are adjectives used to label those emotions. 

This is a PDF digital download. After purchase, you will receive a link by email that you can then download, save and print. 

How to use:

  • Download and print out the PDF
  • Cut out the emotion cards: There are lines on the page indicating where you should cut and where you should fold. Cut out each card lengthwise and fold them in the middle, making them double sided. Tape the two sides together.
  • Lay the cards out in front of your child, face side up, and ask them how they are feeling and practice mimicking the facial expressions together. 
  • Flip the card over and discuss the describing words that can be used to represent that emotion. 
  • Encourage discussion.
  • This can be done as a daily check in or used in a moment of calm after a crisis as a means of reflection.