As a parent it can be a challenge helping our children learn to appropriately express their emotions. Julie Hanks, LCSW recently shared Five Steps to Becoming Your Child’s Emotion Coach. The post provides doable steps you can take so check it out.
In addition, books and songs can be a way for us to discuss emotions with a young child (especially when they aren’t in the throws of an experience). Here is a musical game, a few songs, and a couple singable books for you to try.
A musical game for emotions
Check out this musical game by Fumbling Through Parenting. Think of it as musical chairs with a chance to discuss an emotion.
Songs for talking about emotions
How I Feel is an collection of songs by music therapist Rachel Rambach. These 5 short songs can help children identify and express what they are feeling.
Traditional songs such as “If You’re Happy and You Know it” can have verses added to it about various emotions. “If your sad and you know it, you might cry…”
Singable books for discussing feelings/emotions
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss (affiliate link) can be sung to a variety of tunes including Greensleeves. For some, the pairing of colors with emotions can be helpful.
The Way I Feel is a book on emotions. Check out the video to see how to sing it.
Share your favorite musical ways to explore emotions with a young child in the comments below. Together, we can create a great resource.