Tapestry of Faith: Families: A Jr. High School Youth Program that Explores the Diversity, Commonality, and Meaning of Families

Activity 1: How Am I Feeling Today?

Part of Families

Activity time: 7 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Sheets of 8 X 11 paper
  • Markers
  • Masking tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Make a list of emotions. Include at least the same number of emotions as participants you could possibly have in attendance.
  • Create signs. In large letters, write one emotion on each sheet of paper.

Description of Activity

Invite participants to play the "How Am I Feeling Today?" game. Explain that each player will have a sign taped to his/her back that has an emotion or a feeling written on it. Each player's goal is to guess the emotion on his/her sign. Have players walk around and ask other players yes or no questions that will provide hints to the emotion on his/her back. They may not simply ask, "Am I _____ (sad, anxious, etc.)?" until they hit upon their emotion. Limit the number of questions they may ask any one player. When they have guessed their emotion, players can remove their sign and sit down.

Including All Participants

Keep the emotion words fairly simple. If the word is difficult to read, some youth might not be able to answer questions about it. Be aware of participants that might have mobility or visual issues.