Does your kid love to play charades? Mix things up and put a new moody twist on the classic game. Not only is this moods game a fun family activity, but it also helps with identifying emotion—a very important skill when it comes to both social development and reading comprehension!
Tone, mood and emotion are very subjective and hard to explain. Spend some time first just talking with your child about it. Mood is probably the easiest one to figure out. Ask him to describe what a bad mood would look and sound like, and then a good mood. He should be able to give you a pretty good explanation of each. Then move on to more complex moods. Come up with 20 different moods, and write each on a slip of paper. Examples to get you started:
Get family and friends together for a game of mood charades! It's easy to play, but hard to win. Split into two teams of two or more people. Each team should take turns. In a turn, a team member draws one of the mood slips from a hat or bowl. She must act out the mood, without saying a word! Set a time limit on the turn (thirty seconds should be about right), and see if her team members can shout out the correct mood! If so, they earn themselves a point, and it's the other team's turn. Play until all mood slips have been drawn. The team with the most points wins!
Kate Smith has been a teacher since 1997. She has taught in New York and California, with experience in all subjects and grades from 1 to 12, but the heart of her expertise lies in middle school, primarily English and Journalism. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University.