You can support your preschooler’s developing brain and ability to self-regulate by doing this activity together.
What You Need:
- Clear plastic jar
- Pom-poms of different colors
What To Do:
- Have your preschooler choose a pom-pom color for different emotions, e.g., yellow=happy, blue=sad, purple=nervous, etc.
- When talking with your preschooler on how she is feeling, have her fill the jar with the corresponding colored pom-poms to show how she is feeling. For example, she may pick 10 blue pom-poms and 2 yellow pom-poms because she’s feeling very sad, but also a little happy.
- Talk about and/or problem-solve what she could do to remove or add pom-poms to her feeling jar, associating it with how she’s feeling. For example, “I’m sorry you’re feeling sad today, but I see you’re also a little happy. What can we do to make you feel happier?”
- Dump the pom-poms out and have the jar ready for next time.
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