ParentPod
12:2

“I Was Mad!” Cards

Domain: Emotional

In this activity, you and your child will create “I was mad because ____” cards!

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Materials:

  • Index cards
  • Safety scissors
  • Washable markers
  • Magazines
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Single hole punch
  • String or yarn

Importance of Activity:

  • In this activity, you will help your child identify what makes him/her mad and help your child develop ways to calm down. Your child’s ability to recognize his/her emotions will also help him/her deal with them. The ability to regulate emotions is an important life skill for children and adults to master.

Goals:

  • knows own characteristics, preferences and experiences
  • recognizes own skills and accomplishments and takes pleasure in performing them
  • strengthen parent-child relationship
  • develops ways to control responses
  • develops socially appropriate communications

Suggested Dialogue:

  • What makes you mad?
  • How do you calm yourself down when you are mad?
  • When I get mad, I calm myself down by closing my eyes and taking a deep breath.
  • How does your body feel when you get mad? When I get mad my body feels warm and my heart feels like it is beating very fast.
  • It is okay to feel mad. When you get mad you have to do your best to use socially appropriate words to express yourself.

Instructions:

  1. Sing the song, “I Need to Use My Words” with your child.
  2. Place the mat on the playing area.
  3. Arrange the craft supplies in front of your child.
  4. Say, “Today we are going to talk about what makes us mad.”
  5. Use the suggested dialogue to talk to your child about when he/she gets mad. Emphasize the importance of self-regulation.
  6. To make the “I was mad because ____” cards, look through magazines and find pictures of angry/mad facial expressions.
  7. Cut out the pictures and glue each one on an index card.
  8. When you are done, play the game by holding up an index card and asking your child to finish the sentence, “I was mad because ____.”
  1. When your child finishes the sentence, write it on the back of the index card (or help your child write it on the card).
  2. Repeat the process with each index card. Once you are done playing with the cards, punch a hole in the top left corner of each index card. Put the cards in a pile and line up the holes. Use a string or yarn to tie the cards together. Keep the cards in a safe place, so that you and your child can create more and/or use them again.
  3. End the activity by singing the song, “I Need to Use My Words” again with your child.
  4. Fold the playing mat together and put it away.
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ParentPod 12:2

“I Was Mad!” Cards

Domain: Emotional

Learning Foundation: Dramatic Play

Song: I Need to Use My Words

Activity:

In this activity, you and your child will create “I was mad because ____” cards!

Materials

  • Index cards
  • Safety scissors
  • Washable markers
  • Magazines
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Single hole punch
  • String or yarn

Importance of Activity

Array

Desired Outcomes

  • recognizes own skills and accomplishments and takes pleasure in performing them
  • develops socially appropriate communications

Suggested Dialogue

  • What makes you mad?
  • How do you calm yourself down when you are mad?
  • When I get mad, I calm myself down by closing my eyes and taking a deep breath.
  • How does your body feel when you get mad? When I get mad my body feels warm and my heart feels like it is beating very fast.
  • It is okay to feel mad. When you get mad you have to do your best to use socially appropriate words to express yourself.

Instructions

  1. Sing the song, “I Need to Use My Words” with your child.
  2. Place the mat on the playing area.
  3. Arrange the craft supplies in front of your child.
  4. Say, “Today we are going to talk about what makes us mad.”
  5. Use the suggested dialogue to talk to your child about when he/she gets mad. Emphasize the importance of self-regulation.
  6. To make the “I was mad because ____” cards, look through magazines and find pictures of angry/mad facial expressions.
  7. Cut out the pictures and glue each one on an index card.
  8. When you are done, play the game by holding up an index card and asking your child to finish the sentence, “I was mad because ____.”
  9. When your child finishes the sentence, write it on the back of the index card (or help your child write it on the card).
  10. Repeat the process with each index card. Once you are done playing with the cards, punch a hole in the top left corner of each index card. Put the cards in a pile and line up the holes. Use a string or yarn to tie the cards together. Keep the cards in a safe place, so that you and your child can create more and/or use them again.
  11. End the activity by singing the song, “I Need to Use My Words” again with your child.
  12. Fold the playing mat together and put it away.

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