Emotional Intelligence is a vital skill for children, often overlooked. Not only is it overlooked, but there is seldom good workbooks available aimed directly at children. This activity book is a treasure trove of wonderful exercises that get kids thinking about their own emotions, create self-esteem, empower good behaviours and habits, and develop consideration for others.
Don’t neglect to teach your kids a solid emotional intelligence, to help them become strong, to weather the storm coming up in teenage years!
Introduction from Emotional Intelligence Activities for Kids
(Note to Parents and Teachers)
Emotional Intelligence is a wide range of skills that children of all ages can develop and improve. These skills are critical for emotional well- being and life success.
This section of the Youth Deployment Activity Guide is designed to give you additional age appropriate resources that are helpful in teaching your child about emotions. The emotional and social skills that are presented were written in order to help you grow your child.
The sections include Intrapersonal Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Adaptability, Stress Management and General Mood. Each section is further divided into sub-skills that address such things as Problem Solving, Happiness, Flexibility and other critical emotional and social competencies.
We encourage you to use these activities throughout the deployment process and beyond.
Sample Exercises from Emotional Intelligence Activities for Kids
My Special Gifts and Talents
Everyone has something they do well. It may be in a sport, or playing a musical instrument, or even a particular subject like math. A person can even be good at making friends. Whatever a person does well can be a gift or talent.
See if you can recognize your own gifts and talents.
Piecing a Quilt
Many emotions make up the person you are. It is important to be able to identify those emotions and know how to deal with them. Your emotions are like a patchwork quilt. Each of your emotions is pieced together to make up the whole you.
Inside the patches on the quilt below, draw a face showing different emotions you have felt.
Make No Bones About It!
Do your friends sometimes do or say things that make you feel uncomfortable? Maybe they say unkind things to other classmates. Or maybe they take the seat you were saving for someone and won’t move when you ask them.
Do you feel like you should speak up about it, but are afraid? Here are some steps to take to help you speak up.
A Skeleton of My Former Self
Independence is when you are able to take care of yourself. You are able to plan and make important decisions for yourself, and you can make those decisions without falling apart or depending on others to bail you out emotionally. You are courteous, honest and respectful of yourself and others. You are willing to take responsibility for your feelings, thoughts and actions. You rely on others for help when necessary, but do not cling to other people.
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