Feel Good Scavenger Hunt

Learning Areas:

  • Math
  • Movement


What is this activity?

ECSEL Standards

What skills are being enhanced? What knowledge is gained?


What do you need to prepare for this activity?

Cute cartoon little boy sleeping with teddy bear. Simple vector illustration.


Step by step guide

ECSEL Prompts

What questions can you ask to promote ECSEL thinking and discussions?

Extended Learning

How can you extend children’s thinking?


It’s time for a Feel Good Scavenger Hunt! Help your students find classroom items that make them feel cozy, and boost their numeracy skills by counting all of the cozy items together.

ECSEL Standards & Learning Goals

What skills are being enhanced & what knowledge is being gained through this activity?

Cause & Effect

Students will be able to connect their feelings (happy, cozy) to a cause (classroom item).

Emotional Identification

Students will be able to identify their feelings about a classroom item.

Emotional Expression

Students will be able to show what their faces and bodies look like when they feel happy.

Problem Solving

Students will begin to be able to count a total number of items (one-to-one correspondence) with adult support.

CASEL Standards

Self-Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness


  • Space to gather as a group


  1. Gather students in a group and tell them that they are going to walk around the classroom to find something that makes them feel happy or cozy.
  2. Walk around the classroom all together and support students to find things (one or two) that make them feel cozy or happy in the classroom. If further scaffolding is needed, bring some items to your meeting area and have the class practice making choices between two items: Which one makes you feel happy/cozy?
  3. Return to your meeting area and have students show their item to the whole class. Help students identify their feelings about the item, and what about the item makes them feel this way. You can help prompt responses by describing the item.
  4. After each student has shared, line up the cozy classroom items and count how many things make everyone feel cozy together!

ECSEL Prompts

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.

What does your face do when you are feeling happy? Show me!

What classroom item did you choose? How does this item make you feel?

What about this object makes you feel this way?

What does your body do when you are feeling happy? Show me!

Do any of the items your classmates choose make you feel happy too?

How many items do we have all together? Let’s count them all to find out!

Extended Learning

Use these questions & ideas to extend children’s learning!

This game can also be played outside. Children can find things in nature that make them feel happy and share them with the class. Explain that these things can also be something that you cannot hold, like the sun or sky!

Toddler – Feel Good Scavenger Hunt


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