Emotions Posters for Children – Set of 2 emotions charts for classroom, home & therapy use


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Emotions charts for young learners perfect for use in the classroom, at home, or in therapy!

The Emotions Posters set can help children, ages 4 to 8, understand their emotions by learning what they’re feeling. They can discover the words to name their emotions. By growing their feelings vocabulary, they take the first step to become emotionally intelligent young learners!

✔ Set of 2 posters including 10 pleasant and 11 unpleasant emotions
✔ Shows relatable and diverse children characters with expressive faces
✔ Includes a guide booklet with suggestions on how to use

Emotional intelligence, social emotional learning, emotional regulation, Calm Down Corner supplies

Package Contents

  • 2 posters: 1 showing pleasant emotions, 1 showing unpleasant emotions. Poster size is A3 with dimensions 420mm (L) x 297mm (W). Printed on 200gsm art paper.
  • Comes with an A4 guide booklet.
  • Enclosed in a sturdy cardboard envelope made with 350gsm art paper.


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emotions charts for classroom, home & therapy use

Help kids identify and name their feelings with this set of emotions charts.

The two posters display a wide range of pleasant and unpleasant emotions. The illustrated characters of fellow children make the feelings reflected on their faces easily accessible. More children can relate to these characters because of their diverse representations. They also enhance a child’s empathy for other kids. Some look like them, others don’t, but all share the same set of emotions and capacity for compassion.

What makes these emotions charts unique?

The Emotions Posters set helps develop children’s emotional intelligence by giving them the words to name what they’re feeling. One poster shows 10 pleasant emotions, while the other displays 11 unpleasant ones. Expressive faces and gestures portray the emotions well and diverse characters show we all have the same set of feelings. Suggestions on how to use these feeling charts are included in a guide booklet. The posters and the booklet are enclosed in a sturdy envelope.

Emotions charts for children ages 4 to 8

Ways to use the Emotions Posters

Make the most out of the Emotions Posters with these fun and interactive ways of using them. Or be creative and use them in unique ways!


Group check-in.

Sit comfortably with your group of children in a circle. Put the two posters in the middle and ask each child, “How are you feeling today?” Give them time to select one or several emotions on the posters. After selecting, ask questions like “What made you feel that way?” and “What do you need right now?” When the child is done voicing out their feelings and needs, move on to the next child until everyone gets to express themselves.


Name that feeling!

On a wall, put the posters next to each other. Ask the children which of the following emotions are familiar to them. They can answer by raising their hands or all together. Some questions to support the learning process are: “How do the kids shown in the posters feel?”, “What do you think made them feel like that?”, “Did you see yourself in a similar expression before?”, “What happened to make you feel this way?” By doing this exercise, the kids will learn that emotions can be triggered by a wide range of unmet needs and circumstances.


Emotion charades.

When kids are more familiar with the different emotions, you can strengthen their understanding in a playful way. Ask the children to choose one emotion shown in the posters and express it with body language. The rest of the children will guess which emotion is shown. This can be a first step from simple emotional recognition to emotional regulation.


Our safe space.

Use the posters at home. Lay the posters on top of a table or put them up on the wall. Have an intimate talk with your child and ask about how they are feeling right now. If there are more unpleasant emotions than pleasant ones, offer them support and ask what they need at the moment. If it’s the other way around, do a fun activity with them to celebrate or to be grateful.

Tips for practicing emotional intelligence

Children practicing emotional intelligence as early as possible can produce a wealth of benefits in their current and future lives.1

Just as our bodies need exercise to function properly, our emotional skills also need training for us to deal and work with feelings in a healthy way.

Dive deeper into some basic concepts of emotional intelligence (EI) to help the young learners in your life grow into happy and emotionally healthy individuals.


Recognizing emotions.

Seeing emotions as they are – being able to name them as we feel them – is the most important aspect of EI. This awareness and understanding of the self is the basis of empathy and social skills.

Tip: Teach self-awareness to children by first introducing emotions that are most likely familiar to them. The Emotions Posters include “Hungry”, “Tired”, and “Sleepy” as feelings to help young kids easily relate and start identifying what’s happening inside of them.


Regulating emotions.

Once we can recognize emotions, being able to manage them is the next challenge. A person can regulate their emotions well when they can channel feelings into fruitful behavior, express them in socially acceptable ways, and effectively communicate their emotions to the people around them.

Tip: Let your young learner/s experience how to regulate their emotions by allowing them to voice out their feelings among fellow children. Model respectful, mindful, and fun ways of expressing feelings to others.


Being aware of your thoughts.

Emotions are often accompanied with related thoughts. Our emotional state hugely influences what we’re thinking and how we interpret our experience. Recognizing thoughts can help us name our emotions and clear thinking can guide us back to a state of calm.

Tip: Ask children what they’re thinking when they experience or feel something. Show genuine curiosity and offer your own thoughts on things they’re interested in.


Connecting your emotions to your needs.

We can better understand our emotions when we connect them with our needs. Needs are universal and they keep us alive.2 If my need for food is not met, I get hungry. If my need for respect is not met, I might get angry. Looking at needs as the roots of our emotions provide actionable ways of dealing with our emotions especially through satisfying our unmet needs.

Tip: Help children become more compassionate by asking them to “step into another person’s shoes.” When reading a story, for instance, ask them about the character’s feelings and needs when something good or bad happens in the story.

1 See Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
2 See Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

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