“For this exercise pay attention to whether you feel good (thumbs up), OK (thumb sideways) or not so good (thumbs down)”
“Place your hands on your heart”
“Inside your head say, how do you feel?” For little ones - “Say, hey body how do you feel?”
“Wait for an answer, remember all answers are OK”
“On the count of three use your thumb to show us how you feel. One, two , three ”
Let the children share their responses. Try not to give any value to what most consider negative or positive emotions. All answers have equal value because the goal is to identify what we feel. If a child struggles to name the emotion they can go back to a thumbs up, thumbs down, thumb sideways.