Trying to teach emotions for toddlers can be incredibly daunting. They may not understand a lot of the words you are using to describe things and you will probably get frustrated when their reactions are overly dramatic. One simple way to make this situation easier is to use a book that makes the subject approachable and simple for that age group. Don’t go anywhere! I’m going to tell you all about the best one. It even comes with FREE printable activities!
What is the best book for teaching emotions for toddlers?
This is a new addition to the Whatif Monster world from Usborne Books and it is absolutely wonderful! It touches on a similar topic to the original book, Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster but focuses specifically on emotions for toddlers and makes them a little more accessible to that younger age group.
I won’t keep you waiting anymore! The best book for teaching emotions for toddlers is…
This book is great for teaching emotions for a few different reasons. Before I get into showing you how amazing the book is, I want to say that this IS a board book. As the mom of 2 very excitable toddlers, I get it. They rip books. So this one is age appropriate and should hold up well to their destructive little hands.
I also want to mention is just about the simplicity of the book. “Emotions” is not an easy word for young kids to understand. So right there in the title of the book, you can already tell that it is speaking their language by saying “feelings” instead.
You will see that type of language on every page so that the kids will not have any confusion. Check out a couple of pictures below for examples.
What makes this book so great for teaching emotions for toddlers?
Let me break it down into a few reasons.
- What If I Know My Feelings? makes emotions incredibly easy to understand AND identify. If your child has turned 2, then you know the faces. I am sure you know what I’m talking about, but just in case you need more, the furrowed brow, pursed lips, squinted eyes looking up at you… yeah. You can literally feel the anger burning out of your child. It usually happens after you told them no or took something away. The monsters in this book make those faces. The ones your kids will recognize with that feeling. And it makes them able to identify with the monsters even if they don’t realize it yet!
- When you are teaching emotions for toddlers, you are doing it mostly so that they know what to do with their feelings. This book gives them an idea for all 12 emotions it covers! And it is simple things to do that toddlers will understand and be able to actually try! It includes things like asking for help, giving a hug, and counting to 5. This is an especially important part about teaching emotion for toddlers when touching on negative emotions like anger and sadness. “You don’t want to hit someone when they make you mad, trying closing your eyes and counting to 5 like the angry monster.
I have ONE MORE reason that I love this book that I want to share with you and it is something really cool from the author.
FRee printable what if i know my feelings crafts
The author, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, has created some free printable coloring sheets and puppets of the monsters to use with your kids!
It is a great way to make talking about emotions fun for your toddlers. My 2-year-old enjoyed coloring them and helped me make the puppets. Check out the pictures below.
You can find all these printables at Michelle Nelson-Schmidt’s Craft Page.
So if you are needing to teach emotions for toddlers, get this amazing book. Take a little while and read it together and do one of the activities. It will open up an easy conversation about what to do with their feelings when they get too big to handle. And you will all start to feel a little bit better!
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