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BLAST Early Learning
How Are You Feeling?


Feeling Sad by Sarah Verroken
On a gloomy day, Duck feels sad until a frog gives him some advice that cheers him up.



My Many Colored Days
by Dr. Seuss; paintings by Steve Johnson with Lou Fancher
This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.


Walter Was Worried
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger      
Children's faces, depicted with letters of the alphabet, react to the onset of a storm and its aftermath in this picture book, accompanied by simple alliterative text.


Open-ended Questions for Feeling Sad

  • What makes you feel sad?
  • What do you do when you are feeling sad?


Itsy Bitsy Spider and Friends
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Next introduce the spider's neighbors.
They can include:
• The Happy Little Spider
• The Sad Little Spider
• The Shy Little Spider
• The Scared Little Spider
• The Giggly Little Spider, etc.

Sing the words and act out the emotions with your face and voice.


Math Activity :

Make happy faces and sad faces and cut them out. Have preschoolers practice making patterns using the happy and sad faces. For younger preschoolers, you can draw a pattern of happy and sad faces on a piece of paper and have preschoolers match the happy and sad face cut outs to the ones on the piece of paper.


Vocabulary Word:

bill: n.  a beaklike mouth on a duck

“Duck smiles, and the butterfly on her bill fully agrees.”
(taken from Feeling Sad by Sarah Verroken)




·Have preschoolers draw pictures of how they feel.

·Preschool Emotions Poster - Take pictures of the preschoolers in your class making faces showing different emotions. Make a poster using the photos and label them with the emotion that each preschooler is showing.

·Have preschoolers make a collage of things that make them happy.

Pretend Play

Provide dolls in your pretend play center and allow preschoolers to
pretend the dolls feel sad and practice nurturing them.

Help preschoolers role play by giving them one of the following situations to act out. Assign roles to preschoolers and ask them to try and solve the problems.

·A preschooler is sad because they miss their mom.
·A preschooler is tired because they have played for a long time.
·A preschooler is angry because someone took their favorite toy.
·A preschooler is scared because they see -a bug.



Grump Groan Growl
by Bell Hooks; illustrated by Chris Raschka
Rhythmic text exposes a bad mood on the prowl, and advises the reader not to hide, but to let those feelings be.


How Do You Feel? by Mandy Stanley
All kinds of animals are asked how they feel. Little ones can learn to identify their wide range of feelings with the help of the animals.


How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods            by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
Brief text and photographs of carvings made from vegetables introduce the world of emotions by presenting leading questions such as "Are you feeling angry?"


Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling? by Tad Hills
Friends Duck and Goose experience many emotions, from sadness and anger to pride and frustration.