Story Time: Feelings

by | Feb 2, 2021 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

This week in Storytime, we learned that “F” is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully there are a lot children’s books to help. Try some of the titles below, or go to the online catalog and do a subject search for, “emotions juvenile fiction,” where you will find many, many stories about feelings.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Helping your child put words to feelings develops vocabulary in a meaningful way. You can talk not only about your child’s feelings, but also about yours as well. Children can understand the words long before they can say them.

- Lambert

Activity

Ask your children to listen for words related to feelings as you read “Grumpy Gloria” by Anna Dewdney or other books with words that pertain to feelings. Then talk about how those feelings might be translated into a color.

- Lambert

Books Presented

I'm Feeling Macaroni and Cheese by Tina Gallo

What kind of day are you having? Are you feeling Razzmatazz excited? Or Tickle Me Pink silly? Or maybe you’re feeling brave–like Wild Blue Yonder! When was the last time you felt a little Macaroni and Cheese? Learn how to express your feelings through colors.

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

Monsters of different colors explain what makes them feel glad, sad, loving, worried, silly, and angry. Fold-out masks encourage readers to talk about their feelings.

I Love You! A Bushel and a Peck by Frank Loesser

Love grows between two ducklings as they bill and coo around the farmyard.

Weasel is Worried by Giara Gavin

When Weasel is caught in a storm, he builds a fortress to hide in. But then he meets Mole, who loves to play in the wind and splash in the rain. Wait to see if Weasel learns to overcome his fears and find joy, whatever the weather.

Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright

On Groundhog’s Day, the townspeople try to entice the groundhog to leave his den, but the furry character refuses as it is warm and cozy inside.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Signing Song: Old McDonald Felt So Glad

(to tune of “Old MacDonald had a farm”)
Old MacDonald felt so glad (Happy)
HA-HA-HA-HA-HA
And when he’s glad we sign it like this:
Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy
With a Happy Happy here and a Happy Happy there
Here a Happy, there a Happy everywhere a Happy Happy
Old MacDonald felt so glad.
Happy Happy

Repeat this, substituting the following emotions and signs:
Grumpy = Grumpy
Sad = Sad
Silly = Silly

– Jeninthelibrary.com

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page activity!

Learn how to make colorful pasta necklaces.

Additional Books

Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

Bear’s animal friends come to his rescue when he becomes lost and frightened in the woods.

A Little Book About Feelings by Abbie Schiller

From the award-winning Ruby’s Studio: the Feelings Show. Learn about feelings and how to express them.

The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas

One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result.

Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney

Family members try various ways to cheer up their grouchy bulldog.

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