In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity exercises the children’s ability to express a wide variety of emotions and recognize emotions expressed by others. Link to the story “The Strong Man Who Cried” by reminding the children that Jacob wanted to cry whenever he saw something beautiful. Ask them what emotion Jacob was expressing—responses might include happiness, joy, overwhelmed, appreciation, delight.
Ask a volunteer to act out an emotion on the list, or one of their own, and invite the other children to guess the emotion. If the group is reluctant to volunteer, act out one of the emotions you have listed and ask the group if they can guess what you are feeling.
After a few are acted out, ask:
Emotions encompass a wide range of feelings, and the way that people express these different emotions varies greatly from person to person. Some people are quite dramatic, and it is always easy to tell what they are feeling, while others are quiet and reserved, leaving people to guess how they are feeling. For the dramatic, this activity will be easy, but for the reserved ones, it may take some stretching and the challenge to go beyond one's own comfort zone in order to grow and learn.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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