Join Aunt Becca and friends for Storytime, Listening to my Body, by Gabi Garcia.
“Big emotions can be overwhelming!
Help your child build on their capacity to engage more mindfully, self-regulate, and develop emotional resilience.
Listening to my Body is an engaging and interactive book that guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them. Learning to tune into their bodies and do this, is a foundation for self-regulation.
From wiggly and squirmy to rested and still, Listening to My Body helps children develop a sensations vocabulary so that they can express what they are experiencing. It includes kid-friendly activities woven throughout the book to reinforce the teachings.
Listening to My Body is a wonderful social-emotional tool for parents, counselors and teachers!”
Printable Coloring + Activity Sheets
I AM MINDFUL OF MY EMOTIONS
NAME THAT EMOTION
The first step in being mindful of our emotions is having the ability to identify each one. Emotions, often times, peek their heads in an instant, when we least expect it. Some emotions can feel scary and some are so exhilarating we don’t know how to react to them. Take the time now, to identify each emotion. By doing so, instead of your emotions overwhelming you in the moment, you are equipped to be in control of your emotions when the opportunity arises.
Complete this activity together as a family and discuss what each emotion means. How does each of these emotions make you feel? Take turns, saying aloud as many descriptive words to each emotion that you can think of. For example (Adoration / Loved = good, safe, happy, special…maybe even a little scary and vulnerable.)
USE THIS ACTIVITY SHEET FOR DAILY REFERENCE IN YOUR HOME
- Hang this poster somewhere central in your home. Teachers can do the same in the classroom.
- Tell your child, “Whenever you want to communicate your emotions with someone, but can’t find the words, use this graphic.”
- All you have to do is point and we will instantly know how you feel!
We’ve all been there. We want desperately to be seen, heard and understood, but the words are too hard to say out loud.
We think to ourselves, “If they loved me they would already know” or “If I say it out loud I will be weak and vulnerable… and what if I am ridiculed for my feelings?”
Your child is no different. They want to communicate. As parents and caregivers we have an opportunity to teach them this emotional vocabulary and then create space for them to speak freely about how they are feeling without judgement.
When it comes to emotions, we know it’s not that simple. But then again, isn’t it? One thing is for sure, this activity is a great place to start!
The next activity, MINDFUL REACTIONS TO MY EMOTIONS, builds on identifying emotions and explores your child’s natural responses to their emotions.
MINDFUL REACTIONS TO MY EMOTIONS
Now that you’ve gained the skill of identifying different emotions from the previous activity, NAME THAT EMOTION, let’s explore how you typically react to each emotion.
Everyone has different reactions to their emotions. For example, When I am sad or angry I just want to take a nap. When my husband is angry, he wants to talk about it. With our children, it is important to understand their emotional reactions and needs so that, as caregivers, we can provide the support that is helpful in the moment. Likewise, it is equally as important that we communicate our emotional support needs with our children. Not only does it model healthy behavior for them, but they will feel like part of the family unit in that they are able to provide support for their parents.
For example, after doing this activity together, your child will know that when you are worried, you just need a few moments alone. This way they can give you that space without wondering if they did something wrong or how long you’ll be withdrawn.
There is no such thing as a bad emotion. What we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I using my emotions to navigate my circumstances in a beneficial and productive way, or are my responses making things worse and compromising my values?”
Play this matching game to visually connect an emotion with natural reactions and desirable responses so that you and your child are better equipped to navigate emotional moments together.
THIS ACTIVITY IS EQUALLY BENEFICIAL FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS.
Model for your children that we are never too old to continue being mindful of our emotional reactions. WE ALL HAVE ROOM FOR GROWTH.
- Cut out each card
- Lay out the EMOTION CARDS on your left and the REACTION CARDS on your right.
- Select any one of the EMOTION CARDS and place it in front of you. Then select one for two of the REACTION CARDS that best identifies your natural response to that emotion. (REMEMBER: There is no right or wrong, good or bad answer)
- Discuss if this is a healthy resaction or if there is a more beneficial response you want to consider and practice.
THE COLORS OF MY EMOTIONS | SHOW-AND-TELL
All of your emotions are for a purpose and help guide you through life. REMEMBER, There is no such thing as a “bad” emotion.
It is not only “ok” to feel sad or angry, but it is actually good. It’s brave to be willing to feel emotions that can be uncomfortable or even scary because that’s your body and mind telling you it’s time for a mindful moment.
It is very important to acknowledge each and every emotion for the uniquely beautiful rainbow they create.
MEMBERS: Complete this activity for show-and-tell at the Hangout Live!
Storytime Line up | I Am Mindful
The fun continues with STORYTIME and discovering how to be MINDFUL.
Watch the Trailer | We're All Wonders
“Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy. We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.”
STORYTIME COMING SOON | February 2022
I AM MINDFUL | Trailer
Life can be fast paced with lots of things competing for our attention. It may start to feel overwhelming and confusing like walking in the fog, making it difficult to see the beauty of the world around us.
This is how it can feel on the inside with our emotions.
Maybe you try for attention but it seems no one can hear you and no one can see you. Did you know that you have a super power that will clear the fog so that you can see and be seen – hear and be heard?
Being mindful means that you are aware of your thoughts, feelings and emotions, and that of others as well. Being fully present in the moment – this is your super power.
This season we’ll be navigating some areas in life that can feel like we are stuck walking in the fog. Together we will pack skills that allow us to see through the fog to the big beautiful world out there. When you use your power of mindfulness and being fully aware of yourself and others around you, the path that opens up in front of you will lead to connection, discovery and adventure!