It is essential that children develop positive traits as well as emotional control and stability to be successful in life. As our duty to educate you, we have discussed 15 awesome activities to achieve that. Read till the end!
1. Drawing activities
Drawing is an interesting and fascinating activity for kids' positive traits and great emotional control. Children can draw or paint diverse images of their emotions. Drawing portraits of their positive feelings and emotions is a powerful and therapeutic activity to engage in which many kids prefer rather than to talk about their feelings.
2. Music activities/Karaoke
Songs/singing is one of the ways to help kids build positive trails and have control over their emotions. With the use of a small microphone, karaoke can be organized or sing along time to create lots of fun using rhymes and songs that depict emotions, happy mood, drive emotional curiosity and thinking of their feelings.
3. Reading Books
Books that depict emotional control and positive attitude can be acquired and read by children of all ages. There are many books on kids' feelings that can enable them to create awareness of their own feelings and how to respond to them and others.
4. Practicing Vocabulary of Emotions and Positive Attitude
Vocabulary activities will aid kids' expression of their feelings and positive outlook in words. The ability to build their vocabulary bank can aid their emotional regulation and that of other people. Vocabulary of emotions and positivity is essential to their growth and right mindset.
5. Mindful meditation
This is an effective technique to enhance children's learning, long attention span, health and wellbeing. This can serve as a strategy for positive traits and emotional regulations as they become aware and mindful of their behavioral patterns.
6. Role-play activities
Role play is all about acting out their feelings and children are known to be drama queens and kings. They can act out different emotions and positive traits that easily give them proper perception of their emotional state, reactions, responses, interactions, and dealing with emotional situations.
7. Art activities
Art has always been a fascinating subject matter for kids of all ages as it is a useful resource for emotional regulation and development of positive attitude. These art activities could include; drama, poetry/rhymes recitation, tongue twisters, storytelling or the use of art supplies to enable emotions expressions.
8. Coloring activities
Coloring activities are interesting, educational and fun. This is one of the best ways to help children to develop a positive attitude and have emotional control using coloring pages such as; believe that you can, dreams and goals, fly on eagle's wings, superheroes, don't give up! And so on.
9. Movies activities
Children easily remember what they have watched for a very long time. Movies that express themes of emotions and positive traits can help them to develop the right mindsets and responses to feelings. Movies that depict characters in different emotional states and attitudes can enhance their proper understanding of empathy, emotional control and positivity.
10. Decision making
This can be created as a regular activity to enable kids to make decisions pertaining to how they feel at different times. Children can be given the opportunity to make decisions on their own by teaching them self-awareness, emotional situations and how to make good decisions, respond well in order to develop their problem solving skills.
11. Positive affirmation/statement practical
This is a great activity that must not be left to chance but mindfully engaged in. Positive statements or affirmations are globally accepted as the ultimate truth. Children can daily and regularly repeat such statements to boost their self-esteem, increase positivity and decrease negative self- thoughts. They can also create a list of statements that interest them and build their positive attitude at all times which will in turn lead them to fulfilling their dreams in life.
12. Writing their own emotional story
Writing has always been an outlet for expression for a long time and its potency cannot be underestimated. Children can creatively write their own emotional and positive attitude story. Encouraging them to get cards with written words or visuals that can prompt them will inspire them to tell their emotional stories. It only starts with the famous saying, 'once upon a time' to keep the story flowing till they arrive at a climax. This will enable them to share how they feel, the happiest and saddest moments, other people's emotional experiences that affect them and so on.
13. Emotional matching cards activities
Children can keep these cards for a long time and use them repeatedly to build their positive attitude and emotional regulations. There are emotional cards that can be printed and laminated to make them durable. You can guide your child to cut them the right way and pack well for a long time. The cards can be used in matching games as they pick a card that depicts an emotional state, positive attitude and match it against an identical card. This is a fun activity that will create mindfulness and awareness of different feelings in humans.
14. Educational Games
Educational games is a positive attitude and emotional control identifier and expression for children of all ages which can be board games, card games, video games etc. Children can use resources such as UNO, my feelings game, emotion bingo, feelings Jenga, hopscotch etc.
15. Relevant quotes and goal setting activities
Quotes on emotions and positive attitude can be read to kids while they are encouraged to respond by providing detailed explanations on the feelings depicted in the quotes and this will build their responses to feelings, develop their critical thinking skills and empathy towards others. Children can also keep a journal or a goal setting tracker that positive attitudes and emotional states can be written on and how they respond to those situations that occur in their daily lives. This will enable them to imbibe positive traits , develop a growth mentality through behavioral set goals as well as emotional control.