Today, I want to propose to you four fun ways to develop your children's emotional intelligence. For the games that I am going to offer, you should prepare paper cards. Depending on the age of your kids - these cards should show seven main emotions: anger, joy, sadness, fear, contempt, surprise, disgust for children from 3 to 6 years, and different shades of these emotions (for example: fear, anxiety, doubt, guilt, shame, humiliation) for children over 6 years. You can depict emotions on the cards simply by printing them from the Internet.
1. "Alias" about emotions. One player chooses a card with an emotion that will be drawn for other players who have to guess that emotion. You can show emotion with facial expressions, sounds, words, and show a fictional situation. You can use everything that your imagination invents, the main thing is not to name the emotion itself.
2. Association game. You choose the emotion, and the child should name the maximum number of words that evoke such a feeling. For example, you choose the emotion "joy", and the child names everything he/she likes - ice cream, ball games, dogs, a walk, a cartoon about cars, and so on. Over time, you change roles. Also, you can change the order of the plot of the game - the kid says the words, and you guess what emotion your little one feels about it.
3. Discovery of creative emotional potential. Each of the players chooses one emotion. Their task is to draw feelings on paper. Allow your children to express themselves - let them use pencils, markers, paints, they can glue and cut, draw with their fingers instead of brushes. It is important to give children the freedom to express their fantasies on paper - this is one of the forms of art therapy. As kids grow, their perception of the "appearance" of feelings (as on paper) will be transformed into a physical and psychological understanding.
4. Tales. The task of the game is to come up with fairy tales, the heroes of which will be emotions. It is important to describe the feeling in detail - their appearance, their behavior, preferences, and ways of expression. For little ones under 6, adults should come up with these tales (with the help of children, of course), older children can do it themselves.