As educators, we know how important social emotional development is for little learners. With this emotions bingo game, your little ones can learn about emotions and begin to learn about empathy. By understanding facial and body cues related to different emotions we can begin to help kids recognize changes in their own feelings as well as in the feelings of others. This is the first step to helping children manage big emotions and now what to do when they feel these big emotions.
FIND MORE TEACHING FEELINGS ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRINTABLE EMOTIONS LESSON PLANS.
Games are an excellent way to teach difficult concepts to your little learners in a more interactive and fun way. This feelings game is a helpful way for your kids to learn about emotions in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade, depending on your kids’ readiness for the skill.
Our individual free printable feelings play dough mats were so helpful in inviting kids to explore and express their emotions that I wanted to build on that with a class activity. My newest feelings activity will help your kids learn social emotion development and help with learning about big feelings, learning about emotions, and more!
This free printable focuses on emotion recognition to help your kids learn different types of feelings and emotions, and more in a fun bingo game that can be played in a large group setting or in small groups.
With this freebie, you can teach your kids to recall emotions and what they look like.
How to play
You will find game cards on pages 3-7 of the free printable game pack. You will use these for kids to select during whole group circle time or small group activity time. You may need to print multiple sets if you are using with a large class in the circle time option.
Directions for playing the Emotions Bingo game as a class
On pages 8-27, you will find the full page game mats for the large circle time bingo game.
To play for circle time, choose how many large mats you want to use. For smaller classes you can use 9 game mats and the corresponding cards from pages 3-7. Lay the large mats out in a 3 by 3 square grid in the middle of your circle.
For larger classes, you will need about 16-20 game mats to create a larger bingo grid. Have your kids use stuffed animals or doll to be their game pieces.
When it’s their turn a child will choose a game card. As a class, they will identify the emotion, and everyone will display the chosen emotion using body language and their faces.
For the child whose turn it is, they will place their manipulative of choice (stuffed animal) on the class size game mat. Continue playing until the class hits bingo!
Directions for playing the Emotions Bingo game in a small group
For small group play, you will find individual bingo cards on pages 29-33 of the free printable.
To play in a small group, use the game cards from pages 3-7.
Each child playing will also need an individual game board as pictured below.
Let your kids take turns selecting a game card. Each kid will show that emotion using their faces and body language, then cover the corresponding space on their boards if they have it. Using pom poms, or another manipulative of your choice, have your kids place their manipulative on their boards.
Continue playing until someone reaches bingo or you have a blackout (all spaces covered).
Get the free printable Emotions Bingo Game
This free printable excerpt includes:
- Two variations of printable face and body emotion cards
- Full-size game boards for whole group game play
- Individual game boards for small group game play
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A Full Week of Fun & Learning with Emotions Theme Lesson Plans
Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
- Emotions Cards with Labels (in color and b/w)
- Helpful and Hurtful Choices Sorting Cards and Discussion Prompts (in color and b/w)
- How I’m Feeling Emotions Mats for Play Dough, Drawing and Loose Parts (in color and b/w)
- How I Feel Emergent Reader (3 versions)
- Emotions Number Cards 0-35 (in color and b/w)
- Emotions Roll and Graph (in color and b/w)
- Emotions Picture-Word Cards (in color and b/w)
- Emotions Puzzles (in color and b/w)
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