With an 11, 9, and 8 year old, you’d think that we would be over talking about and identifying emotions over here, but we’re not.
In fact, after watching the Disney*Pixar film, Inside Out with my family this summer–and getting a sneak peek of the movie at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference–I realized that as we move swiftly toward the teen years, understanding and talking about emotions is more important than ever.
So I created this cute little Inside Out Mini-Book and card game.
It features the five characters from Inside Out with some space to add some new ones. No, you guys, I’m not asking you to invent new characters for the movie.
Rather, I’m talking about adding other faces for emotions that weren’t included in the movie–emotions that your kids are experiencing.
It’s all about using the movie as a teaching tool. Let’s not just watch the movie and be done with it.
Let’s watch it with our kids and use it as a continued, constant anchor for conversations about emotions.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Talk With Kids About Emotions–‘Inside Out’ Mini Book and Card Game:
I’ve shared in the past how important it is to talk with kids about their emotions because when kids can pinpoint how they’re feeling–and share it with their parents–precious time and energy is spared.
And we, as parents, can better support our little loves.
However, identifying emotions is a lot easier for some kids than others–which is no surprise for any parent reading this, I’m sure. Identifying emotions is sometimes difficult for adults, too, right?
So here’s what we’re doing–
1. First of all, we watched Inside Out.
If you haven’t heard, Inside Out is kind of an interesting, unusual movie. It takes place in the ‘command center’ of 11-year-old Riley’s mind. Rile deals with all of the things that most tweens deal with on top of a big move from her home in the midwest to San Francisco.
With each step and decision, Riley’s emotions–Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust–play important roles. It’s so unique, it’s unbelievable. We loved this movie, and not just because we have an 11-year-old girl under our roof. This movie rocks.
Check out the trailer below, or head to the theater if you haven’t already seen it.
- Check out a ton of Inside Out trailers over at Fandango: Inside Out trailers
- Check out all of the Inside Out goodies, like interviews, resources, and more
2. We created the Inside Out Mini-Book.
The mini-book isn’t something we’ve taken out every single day and read through; it’s not like that.
It’s really just a little, quick flip book with each character–Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust–each on a page. I kept it small because my kids love tiny things and because I want it to be small enough to fit in my purse, a backpack, or a desk drawer.
I also left a few pages blank aside from an open circle. Here, I figured we could draw in faces of emotions that we want to include.
You can download the Inside Out Mini-Book here: mini emotion cards _ teachmama.com
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And the cool thing is that if you’re not into the Inside Out Mini-Book, then you can totally print out the cards and play Inside Out Memory with them instead.
Just print out the pages on cardstock so you can’t see through them and play.
And a great way to use what you’ve seen in a top-notch movie for continued learning at home.
It doesn’t matter what you play or how you play it. Just keep the cards–or book–out and the conversation flowing.
3. We will continue the conversation.
Really, emotions are something to talk about continually with kids. And it’s important to stress that no emotions are wrong–that it’s okay to feel sad one day and joyful the next, that it’s normal to feel angry one minute and fearful another.
It’s about learning how to deal with those emotions when they arrive on the scene that’s the hard part.
The cool thing is that the producers of Inside Out really, truly put so much more time, effort, and energy into developing this movie than you’ll ever know.
At the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, we had the chance to hear first-hand from the producer about how much time they put into its development.
Did you know that the whole movie began because of the changes that writer Pete Docter noticed in his own 11-year old daughter? Really. He wanted to figure out what was going on in her brain and what sparked the changes he was noticing.
Check out the photos below of producer Jonas Rivera explaining the background of Inside Out:
. . . and here he talks about the development and creation of characters:
It’s a movie well worth seeing, friends. But even more than that, it’s worth using as a continued opportunity to chat with our kids about emotions!
- Check out all of the Inside Out resources on Fandango Family
- Follow INSIDE OUT on Twitter
- Follow INSIDE OUT on Instagram
- Follow INSIDE OUT on Pinterest
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