“Inside your head say, how do I feel?” For little ones - “Say, hey body how do you feel?”
“Be curious and pay attention, all emotions are OK”
“Now check in and notice how your body tells you that you are feeling that emotion. Can you feel it in your throat……...chest……...perhaps in your stomach……...maybe even in your face? Remember there is no wrong answer. What you feel is what you feel. Is the feeling heavy or light?.......Maybe it’s a colour.”
Optional: “Raise your hand if you would like to share how you feel and what you noticed about that feeling”
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.
Optional: Have the children draw what they felt or write a short paragraph about it.