I have a little boy who is eight, and he needs some help figuring out how to deal with his emotions. In a big way. In fact, if you have a child like mine, you will know what I mean when I say — It has been one of those days. And I’ve already figured out that LEGO® is the perfect pathway for learning for him.
Having just turned 8, he is right on the cusp between needing the Prek-2nd grades LEGO faces printable pack I created a few weeks ago, and this more involved set of printables for 3rd – 6th grades. So as soon as I created the set for younger students, I knew this one for older students was going to have to happen.
Emotions are tough for kids to figure out sometimes. These fun printables give them a chance to think through what makes them happy, what triggers anger, what they can do to calm down and how to find ways to feel better.
“Like all human beings, children are ruled by their emotional right brain and their logical left brain. Helping children to understand and integrate both sides of their brain equips them with an invaluable tool that enables them to lead a more balanced, emotionally stable, and mentally healthy life.” (Psychology Today)
Although I don’t agree with everything I find on Psychology Today, I think it is important to recognize that the right and left brain need to work together to help children handle emotions. These printables will allow you to do some left brain work related to emotions which will in turn give them tools to use when they need help controlling emotion. Keep the completed worksheets in a binder to refer to and remind each other often.
Another great trick we have learned to help my son switch off his angry outburst is to get him counting. This switches his brain to the left and turns off the extremes of emotion. Then once he is calm, we can talk about what happened and write down more answers on our LEGO Faces worksheets.
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Did you miss the Exploring Emotions with LEGO faces for PreK-2nd grades? It is still free! Be sure to check out our other free LEGO printables while you are here!