Pumpkin Feelings Game


If you are a regular reader of Spin-Doctor Parenting, you can probably guess why fall is one of my favorite seasons.  I just adore how pumpkins lend themselves to so many activities related to social-emotional development.  Here's one spin on helping kids talk about feelings.

Pumpkin Feelings Game Tutorial


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Making the Game:

1. Materials: 3 orange paper cups, green construction paper, black permanent marker, scissors.

2.  Draw faces on the cups.

3.  Include whatever feelings you would like.  We kept to the basics with happy, mad and sad.

4.  Cut the bottoms of the cups out.  We simply cut criss-crosses so that that we were left with pie shapes.  Then bend the pieces downward into the cup.  These will help the green "stems" stand up when playing the game.

5.  Cut the construction paper into strips, long enough so that they stick out of the top of the cups, looking like stems.

6.  On the back of the construction paper, write down scenarios that might make kids feel happy, mad or sad.  Mix them up on the table.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

"You get to pick what's for dinner tonight."

"You are getting a new puppy."

"You have a belly ache."

"Your family is going on a vacation."

"You forgot your stuffed animal for show and tell."

"You got a new bike."

"You broke your favorite toy."

"Nobody wants to play catch with you."

"Your family is going to the movies."


Game Play:

1. Have children take turns selecting a "stem".  If playing with young children, have the adult read the scenario of of the back of the "stem".  The child then decides what feeling this scenario might evoke and places it in the corresponding pumpkin.  

This is a non-competitive game that lends itself well to counting (how many of the feelings were happy, mad, sad, etc.)


We'd love to hear how you might adapt this game for use in your home, childcare center, or classroom.  Please share in the comments below and let us know what you think!  We love to hear from you!

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Comments

Kate said…
I used this lesson with my first graders. I modified it to making faces on cardboard pumpkins. Each kid had eyes and a mouth and they had to trade to make a specific feeling face. We made haqppy, angry, sad and worried. The stems had different actions and the the students had to match the action to a feeling. For example, one stem had " a friend calls me a mean name". The students had to decide which pumpkin face the stem belonged with.

I really enjoy the website and all the great ideas!
Kate,

That's a fantastic idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

I appreciate your kind words about my website! Thanks!

Wendy =)

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