Temper 7:5 S

Theme: Controlling My Temper

In this activity, children will learn about their temper and recognize the need to controltheir negative emotions!

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Temper 7:5 S

My Angry Thermometer

Theme: Controlling My Temper

Intensity: Small


In this activity, children will learn about their temper and recognize the need to control their negative emotions!


  • Lyrics of song
  • A puppet
  • tuneTOON
  • An empty plastic water bottle
  • Art supplies
  • Washable markers
  • Crayons
  • Safety scissors
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Adhesive strips

Importance of Activity

  • In completing this activity, children will learn to recognize their own emotions and others' emotions and learn to communicate their feelings.
  • Children will learn about what makes them angry and how to deal with (regulate) these emotions and overcome tough situations.
  • Children will learn to communicate their needs and problem solve, rather than becoming physical (hit and/or kick).
  • To achieve healthy emotional development, children need to form relationships with adults and their peers.
  • Adults can help children develop self-regulation skills by assisting them in identifying and managing strong feelings.

Desired Outcomes

Suggested Dialogue

  • What makes you get mad/angry?
  • How does your body feel when you are angry?
  • Have you ever felt so mad that you couldn't control your temper? If so, what happened that made you so angry?
  • How did you calm down?
  • Who do you ask for help when you feel mad and you are having trouble handling your anger?
  • What do you say to yourself when you need to calm yourself down?
  • How can we express negative emotions?
  • It is okay to have negative emotions, but you have to remember to express them in an appropriate way.


  1. Sing GETTING MAD IS NOT THE WAY with the children, using the lyrics and the puppet.
  2. Ask the children what the song is about. Show them the tuneTOON and ask them to describe what they see.
  3. Ask the children what makes them feel mad.
  4. Discuss the different ways we all experience and express negative emotions.
  5. Ask the children if they even have seen a thermometer. If they have, ask them what it is for.
  6. Tell them that a thermometer is a device that measures temperature.
  7. Have children make a thermometer to measure their level of anger.
  8. Provide each child with an empty plastic bottle and show them how to put the adhesive strips along the bottle, keeping equal spacing between the strips. Let the children decorate the bottle and help them write their name on it.
  9. Have the children determine how to label each level of the bottle (height): Not Mad, A Little Mad, Mildly Mad, Mad, Very Mad, Very Very Mad. Children can use different color strips to differentiate among the levels.
  10. Ask each child to check their angry thermometer and share their anger level. Say, “When feeling angry take your bottle and show an adult or friend how angry you feel.”
  11. Have children reflect on what they learned in the activity.


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