Emotion Color Wheel
What is this activity?
What skills are being enhanced? What knowledge is gained?
What do you need to prepare for this activity?
Step by step guide
What questions can you ask to promote ECSEL thinking and discussions?
How can you extend children’s thinking?
Colors can be frequently connected to our emotions – blue can represent sadness, while yellow can represent happiness. Let’s see what colors your students associate with different feelings with this fun Emotions Color Wheel!
ECSEL Standards & Learning Goals
What skills are being enhanced & what knowledge is being gained through this activity?
- ECSEL tool: Our Emotions Cards
- Color wheel or chart
(big enough for the class to see)
- Paper/poster to write responses
- Gather your children at circle time. Hold up or lay out the color wheel/chart so everyone can see, and ask each child what their favorite color is. Write their responses down on the paper.
- Then, using Our Emotions Cards next to the wheel/chart (as visual support if needed), ask what emotion/feeling their favorite color makes them feel. Record responses next to their favorite color on the paper.
For younger children, emerging learners, or non-verbal students, you can have them point to their favorite color (with or without support), and the emotion card that matches how that color makes them feel.
- Then, tell your children we’re going to play a feelings game with all the different colors on the wheel/chart!
- Hold up the color wheel and when you point to a color, ask the children to describe the way it makes them feel (cozy, prickly, or labeling their emotions).
For advanced children, extend their learning by asking “what about this color makes you feel that way?” to help with emotional understanding.
ECSEL Prompts are helpful questions & guiding statements you can use to provoke children’s thinking about emotions. These prompts are related to this specific activity.
Use these questions & ideas to extend children’s learning!
What colors do we see in nature? What do those colors make us feel?
Read a picture book like The Color Monster by Anna Llenas to further illustrate the link between colors and emotions.
Toddler – Emotion Color Wheel