How many emotions!

A fun game to explore the world of emotions

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Everything you need to play this game

  • White paper
  • Colorful markers

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Instructors and children need to think about as many words as we can to describe the four basic emotions (anger, fear, sadness, joy). For example, for the basic feeling of anger we can use words like "annoyed", "angry", etc.


We take four sheets of A3 size paper and at the top of each we write a basic emotion.


After discussion, we all decide together where on paper each word we thought about each basic emotion should be placed. For example, the words "angry" and "annoyed" are placed on the paper of anger, but the first word is placed higher, while the second at a lower point. In this way we create a "ladder" that shows the various levels of intensity that we can experience an emotion. We repeat the process for each basic emotion separately.


Once the process is complete, we can start an open discussion with the children by asking various questions, such as:

  1. Are there any disagreements about the intensity of emotions?
  2. Are there people who experience the emotions that are at the highest levels of the "ladder" too often?
  3. How do we recognize different levels of emotion in ourselves and others?
  4. Should we express our feelings? In what ways and why?
  5. Are there times when we experience strong emotions that are not justified by this situation?

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The objectives of this game are:

  • the recognition of emotions,
  • exploring ways to express them,
  • the processing of different and opposite emotions &
  • to teach children to feel comfortable with all emotions and to feel that everything has a place within them.


  1. We draw a long line on the floor and mark the numbers on it from 1 to 10.
  2. Each child chooses a basic emotion and then chooses the words that describe it.
  3. Finally, each child in turn stands on the line, according to the intensity of the emotion described by the word they have chosen.

The more intense the feeling, the closer it will be to the number 10.

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