We are SO excited for Disney-Pixar’s newest movie, Inside Out, that hits theaters on June 19th! In fact, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the directors/producers of the film (Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera) at Pixar Studios and have seen about 2/3 of the movie so far! It’s SO good! My undergraduate degree is actually in Psychology, so I think the idea of an animated film about our emotions is fantastic…and the film is awesome from what I’ve already seen! So, I’m thrilled to partner with #CollectiveBias on a fun Inside Out #PlayNGrow campaign that focuses on child’s play and learning/recognizing emotions! For those that aren’t familiar, there are 5 identified emotions in the movie (who are actually some of the main characters): Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, and Fear. Kids’ emotional intelligence “IQ” is a really important thing to help develop, yet I don’t think it’s something we hear as much about as parents. Instead, we hear A LOT about academic intelligence stuff – making sure little ones know their colors, shapes, numbers, letters…then how to read, multiplication, memorizing states & capitols…the list goes on and on. But, being able to recognize their own emotions and other people’s (as well as label those emotions) is a REALLY important thing for kids to learn! So, inspired by Inside Out, I created a little free printable emotions sorting game that you can play with the kids! I used a mix of basic faces and words. This works well for us because we have pre-readers and elementary age kids in the house. I like that the little kids can look at the faces, but it’s also a way for the older ones to practice reading. A win-win! So, you can tailor this however it works for you, add to it, or even make your own! Download the Emotions Sorting Game Free Printables HERE. I recommend printing on card stock!
Once you have your cards printed and cut, then you can sit down with the kids for a fun sorting activity. Have all the cards out, face down & have each child pick one card at a time and decide which emotion it goes with. It opens up the opportunity for lots of discussion about emotions and then things that they associate with each emotion. It’s such a simple & fun way to open up some dialogue.
For each category, you could certainly just print images of the characters/emotions. But, to make things a bit more fun for the kids, we picked up some fun Inside Out mini-figures at Toys “R” Us. I love using my Toys “R” Us rewards card to earn reward dollars! And, there were all kinds of fun Inside Out merchandise available at Toys “R” Us! The toys are not only great for the game, but this way the kids can use the characters in their own imaginative play sessions!
How do you help kids learn about emotions? Are you excited for Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out?