09 February 2016

Emotions Chart for Kids

I don't know about you, but my kids love the Disney Pixar movie Inside Out. It is such a fun story, and I really enjoyed the whole concept of "which emotion is at the control panel right now?" It has become more than just a fun movie for our family, too, as we've begun helping our kids identify their emotions using the characters Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, Anger, and Surprise (Bing Bong!).

One way we've been doing this is through a chart I've created. I found this image from lifehacker.com that clearly categorizes most emotions under each of the above categories.

I then transferred the emotions to a homemade chart I made using images from a Google search. Here's what I came up with.
You can download a copy here.

I printed the lifehacker chart on the back of the page and laminated the sheet. So now, when my kids are having difficulty expressing their emotions, we can go to the chart and work through how they're feeling until we have identified it. It has helped with overall communication and lessened the number of breakdowns because we can calmly point to pictures instead of yell talk through it. It has dramatically increased the peace in our home, which is never a bad thing.

I hope that you are able to use this as a tool in your home or classroom as a way to help your children identify their emotions.


  1. Super - and thanks so much for sharing all this work!

  2. This is a great chart. How do you explain the definitions or differences between each?

    1. Thanks for your comment! Sorry for the super delayed response, life got in the way for a while! With my kids, they are all pretty young so we just focus on the main emotions (joy, sadness, etc.) With my oldest, we are able to have him look a little closer and give us a more concise answer. It has also sparked discussions about what certain emotions are, which has helped him increase his ability to give us a more specific answer about how he's feeling (I'm not just feeling sad, I'm feeling lonely). I hope that helps!

    2. Hey is it possible to get a copy of your chart? I teach kindergarten and that would be great!

    3. Hi Michelle, the easiest way is to click on the link above. The link is just below the image. If you have trouble downloading it, let me know and I can email it to you directly.

  3. This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for making this and sharing it!!

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