Growing Your Child's Emotional Intelligence - Ages 5-7 (page 3)
Emotional Intelligence is a wide range of skills that children of all ages can develop and improve. These skills are critical for emotional well-being and life success. This Activity Guide is designed to give you additional age appropriate resources that are helpful in teaching your child about emotions. The emotional and social skills that are presented were written in order to help you grow your child.
Seeds of Kindness
Do a coloring sheet with kindness words on a card. Cut out the words and paste them on construction paper to give to someone. Here are some examples to start with: Love, thoughtfulness, joy
Collect words of love, kindness, happiness, caring, appreciation from family members, friends, classmates, teachers. Write the words you have collected around a pciture. Then try to make it a habit of saying something kind to at least one person everyday.
1. How many words were you able to write by yourself?
2. How many “seeds of kindness” did you collect from other people?
Keep a list for one month of whom you said something kind to each day.
How Do I Feel About Myself?
Everyone has feelings. Sometimes I am happy, or sad, or mad, or excited, or scared. Look into a mirror. Make faces showing how you feel when:
a. you are eating an ice cream cone
b. your friend can’t come over to play
c. you go on vacation
d. you play with your pet
Feeling Left Out
All of us have been left out of a game or conversation when we really wanted to be included. What if your brothers/sisters went to the movies and you couldn’t go because you were sick? Answer the following questions and share your thoughts with an adult.
Circle your answer:
How did you feel when you were left out?
a. Sad b. Mad c. Hurt
Nobody likes to be left out. What can you do to make sure that someone is not being left out?
a. play with them on the playground at school
b. invite them to your birthday party
c. ask them to go with you and your friends to a ballgame
Here are some ideas to help you start being a part of the group:
- Let others know you would enjoy doing things with them.
- Invite them to do things with you.
- Show interest in what they are doing
It is okay to tell other people what I like and what I do not like. Color the picture below, and then circle your favorite thing to do.
There are times when it’s important to say, “NO!” Make a list of people you should talk with to help you make right decisions.
Making decisions on our own is an important part of growing up. It makes us feel better about ourselves when we do something useful or do something for someone else. Here is a list of things for you to choose to do. Decide if you would or would not do each thing.
- Call someone a name
- Send Grandma a birthday card
- Blame someone else for something you did
- Ask a friend to lie about something
- Tell someone you don’t like them
- Say “Thank you” when given a gift
- Take the biggest piece of cake
- Do your chores without being asked
I Can Do That!
Being able to do things without help makes us feel good about ourselves. Sometimes it is something we can learn through lessons and practice, like dance or music or sports. Sometimes it is doing things to help others.
Think about some things that you are learning to do by yourself. Write them on the lines below.
a. Feed my pet
Always Learning and Growing
As we grow, we learn there are always new things that are interesting and meaningful for us. Trying new skills and learning new talents will help us feel good about ourselves and encourage us to do better. What are some things that interest you that you would like to do better? For example: Reading
Write a Note
It’s nice to make someone you know feel special. Make a card with a one-sentence message on it.
EXAMPLE: Happiness is having you for a brother.
You are a good friend because _______________________
You are special because _____________________________
Thank you for _______________________________________
Happiness is having you for a brother.
How Others Feel
Understanding how others feel helps us get along with others. Before doing something to someone else, we should think about how it would make us feel if someone did the same thing to us.
Circle YES or NO for each question below.
Would you like it if someone…
- teased you? YES NO
- called you a name? YES NO
- pushed you out of line? YES NO
- broke your favorite plaything? YES NO
- laughed when you made a mistake? YES NO
- blamed you for something you didn’t do? YES NO
- took your share of something? YES NO
Playing Your Part
Have you ever been in a school play? Every actor has to practice their part and work along with others who are in the play. It takes lots of practice. Sometimes we make mistakes, but that’s when we take a deep breath and try again. Think of some ways you can practice being nice or respectful or more helpful. Finish each sentence below.
EXAMPLE: I can do better in my town by not throwing trash on the ground.
I can do better at school, if I ________________________________.
I can do better at home, if I __________________________________.
I can do better with my friend, if I ____________________________.
Learning how to get along with others is important. Think of some other words about a good friend and write them on the lines:
Choose one of the words that you wrote and make a poster about the word. You will need construction paper, crayons or colored pencils.
One of a Kind
Did you know that is what you are? There is no one else in the world exactly like you. That is true for everyone and even for animals and nature. Even though we are all different, there are things we can enjoy and learn from each other. Do you sometimes feel strong like a horse? or brave like a lion?
Make a list of the different feelings you have about yourself:
a. EXAMPLE: full of energy
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