Free Printable Identifying Emotions Game for Kids

Raise your hands if you have emotional kids! I think that everyone’s hands should be up right now. Mine would both be up, but it would be really hard to type if they were… I have four lovely, intelligent, extremely emotional daughters. From the oldest (teenager!) to the youngest (sweet, tantrum-throwing preschooler) we have such a wide range of emotions in our house every day, that my fight or flight sensors go off at least once every five minutes… So far I’ve been able to resist the urges… Instead we planned a family game night complete with this Free Printable Identifying Emotions Game for Kids. So much fun!

Emotions Board Game printable for kids.

This game can be a wonderful emotion game for groups or to play one on one with your child.

There are so many benefits to playing board games like this emotions game printable. This fun activity helps build children’s emotional intelligence and is a great activity for helping with social emotional learning.

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Why Are Games For Emotions and Feelings Important?

Teaching children how to navigate their big emotions can be tricky, but activities like this printable board game make it a little easier!

Emotion games for children are an incredibly valuable tool for helping students learn about how to communicate their feelings and emotions.  

Learning through play is how children learn best, and this emotions game is no exception to that!  Playing games that allow children an opportunity to practice identifying and showing emotions helps them learn that it is okay to talk about and show their emotions.

When you practice expressing and talking about emotions in a fun and light hearted way like by playing a game, children are more likely to feel safe and comfortable talking about how they are feeling.

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This free printable Emotions board game is perfect for kids who need help learning how to properly express their emotions. Happy, sad, scared, angry and bored are the fun emotions that they will be exploring through play and conversation.

To Prep the Emotions Board Game:

This game is super easy to prepare!

Print the game board on paper or card stock. Then print the 2-3 pages of cards on the white side of scrapbook paper (so they aren’t see-through.)

I found that 3 pages worth of the emotion cards were great, but I removed a few of the heart gems so that the kids didn’t get frustrated if they had to move backward too much. You can keep in or take out as many of the heart gem cards as you would like.

Laminate all the pieces for durability and cut out the cards.

Playing cards for an emotions board game.

How To Play:

Place your marker on the “Start” of the board game. Place all the cards upside-down on the “Card Draw Pile”.

Choose a player to go first.

The player will draw a card from the pile and name the emotion the card is showing. Then the player will move his game marker to the next space that matches that emotion.

If a player lands on a space with an arrow, he will follow the arrow to the new space.

If a “Heart Gem” card is drawn the player will head to the closest Heart Gem space, even if it is behind him. He should answer the question that is on the heart card.

This free printable Emotions board game is perfect for kids who need help learning how to properly express their emotions. Happy, sad, scared, angry and bored are the fun emotions that they will be exploring through play and conversation.

This can be a great way to launch conversations with your kids about how they are feeling and might give some insight into why a particular child is acting out or having difficulties.

Smaller children might be able to point to the face on the card for that feeling or demonstrate that particular emotion, since they might not be able to recall an actual time they felt that way.

If it’s appropriate, you can talk about the experiences as a whole group.

If you have a sensitive child, you may want to allow them to give short answers and then later have a one-on-one talk with the child.

To win by landing on the last space, a player MUST draw a heart card.

Other Ways To Use This Free Emotional Game:

  • If your child can’t think of a time they felt a certain emotion, see if they can remember a time a character in a book or television show was feeling that way.
  • Use the game as an opportunity to talk about what your child can do if they are feeling a certain emotion.
  • Play charades with the emotions card. This is a fantastic way for little ones to practice reading how other people are feeling based on their facial expressions and body language.
  • Print two copies of the emotion cards and set up a fun memory game.
  • Play a “Go Fish” matching game by printing multiple sets of cards.
  • Read some fun books about emotions for kids and continue to help your child grow their emotional intelligence!

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  1. Thank you for all your energy, creativity and sharing!!!
    I love your site and what you offer…amazing!

  2. Great page indeed. I loved all the details here. i’m new to blogging and I’m trying to design board games as well coz I find them interesting and very amusing. I may share this link on my blog.Thank you

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  4. glad bored was not a ? card. I’m not teaching my kid that word. she will pick it up sometime out there I’m sure. books or church kids. but Im not teaching it. hahahahahah

  5. What a wonderful resource. I have a kiddo who struggles with emotions that would love this game. Thanks for offering this!! Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!!

  6. What an adorable game and a sweet way to connect with your children while teaching them valuable life skills! I love the thought you put into this game! #client

  7. I love this post and how it allows kids to explore their different emotions. Love the board game and Inside Out of course.