I was looking around on The Continuum Family’s website and saw this poster. What a neat idea to have a game or poster that helps children recognise feelings. I don’t know about you but I spend enough time asking my child how someone seems to feel and what they might be needing, that a game or poster like this could be useful to have around.

I was thinking of just purchasing this poster when I thought it might actually be fun to make our own poster. Lily is no stranger to drama, nor having her picture taken so why not?

Here’s a few of what we came up with: (scroll over to see what she’s feeling)

I thought about waiting to do this until I got my new fancy pants camera but then I just couldn’t wait. What’s that? You didn’t know about the new fancy pants camera that I’m getting? I have been remiss since having those awful hives, which unhappily are still with me after 13 days. I am in fact getting this camera very soon.

So, we plan to print these pictures out and make our own Empathy Poster. Perhaps I can find a nice frame to put them all in. Maybe I’ll wait to do even that much until I snap these shots again with my new camera.

See our new poster here.

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10 Responses to Empathy Poster

  1. I love this!! Horrified is by far my fave. :) I’m going to see if DS would have fun doing this too. Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. Sally says:

    Totally love it! And I hope your hives do go away soon. I get itchy just thinking about you. Glad you have such wonderful friends who would come and clean your window sills for you. :)

  3. paxye says:

    That is a great idea!!! I am definitely going to try that!!!

  4. greenteacher says:

    Haha! Lily is awesome! What a great idea to make your own poster!

  5. Sarah says:

    Ha! Brilliant! I am so going to pinch this idea, I think Esme will love it ;)

    I have been really struggling to deal with E’s BIG emotions lately. She gets very frustrated and angry, about the slightest things. It’s hard because I am *really* trying to make things good for her. She’s getting more 1;1 time than ever since ds was born, her needs tend to fill our days in terms of our activities. I think I’m mostly pretty patient and calm. And she is still really grumpy and chuffed off a lot of the time!!

    I often feel that whatever I do for her is never enough. Her first sign (at 4 months old) was “more” and it’s been a constant theme ever since….

    I have tried the “show me how you feel with the doll/cushion/bed” line. She says “but Mama cushions have feelings too” and flat refuses to do it. We’ve started drawing the feelings and it really seems to be helping, but perhaps if we make this poster she will begin realise that there are lots of other emotions and different ways she can react to things.

    Gosh sorry for my essay!

  6. lisa says:

    This is a fantastic idea. Araina sat here with me and got most of the emotions right, we love the crazy emotion!

  7. Sarah says:

    Oh, that’s just fantastic! I love it!

  8. ruralmamma says:

    Oh we love it too–my big girl went through them with me as well and we are laughing like crazy.. I think maybe we will have to scout a frame and make one for ourselves…if anyone finds the perfect frame online send me over a link :)

  9. Annie says:

    Ha! “Horrified” is one of my favourites too!

    If any of you do this, let me know! I’d love to see more drama with the kids. Lily had so much fun!

    Sarah- I think kids try out all different kinds of emotions and perhaps E is tuning into the ones that get her connected the most with you. Like maybe that’s frustrated/angry… because you’re really just wanting to meet her needs and work harder to do so when she’s feeling that way. I don’t think that means you have to ignore the difficult feelings or be unathentically supporting her more positive feelings. I think you’re right, that it would help to have a wider range of feelings to understand and tune into. Scripting can be helpful too, I think, if she seems to be jumping to conclusions or confused about how she’s feeling.

  10. Tanis says:

    love this!! What a fun kid!

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