Children emotional development is a very important matter especially in the first years of life. Young children get the things they want by crying. As they grow up, emotional capacities expand, allowing them to develop a variety of skills they will need in their adult life. The development includes emotional feelings we have about ourselves and others, and our capabilities helps us to relate to others in socially.
Examples of games for children emotional development by age
Games for child emotional development (0-12 months)
Guess who it is!
Babies enjoy any game with elements of surprise, but the game becomes more fun when the surprise is mummy’s face! All you have to do is find a great big box and you will delight baby with a bigger surprise.
A large box
Take a box big enough so you can hide inside it without any problem. Ask another family member to bring him into the room where the baby usually play and also to ask him ‘Where’s Mommy / Daddy?’
Then the child together with your accomplice hums the next song:
‘Mommy where are you, you went away,
You do not want to go out and play?
Mommy where are you hidden?
Get out and you will get a hug!‘
Get out of the box before they finish singing; make the surprise face and hug your child will love. Mummy and daddy can change places after a while.
Be careful when you go out of the box to do it slowly and quietly, you do not want to frighten the child. The idea is to surprise and to delight your child, not to make him cry.
Games for children emotional development (2-3 years)
Happy, sad, angry
Your child has begun to confront the emotions from the moment that
he was born, if not even while he was in the womb. Some of the main emotion he felt when he experienced distress, surprise, even anger. This game will help your child to explore all his feelings.
Piece of paper
Draw more faces on separate pieces of paper. Each image must represent a different feeling, such as happy, sad, angry, happy, sleepy, scared, and so on.
Hold your child in your lap and read a story where the character expresses some emotion.
When a feeling appears in the book, take appropriate piece of paper and place it near your face. Preferably try to reproduce that feeling through your facial expressions.
Explain to your child what words fit with that emotion and encourage him to express in turn using his own facial expressions.
Games for child emotional development (3-4 years)
Help your child create a very special book – a book about himself!
sheets of paper
Magazines with pictures
Photographs of your child and other family members
Works of art (drawings, paintings, cutouts, scribbles) of your child
Gather visual elements that are important for your child, including art works of his favorite magazine photos, family photos, etc.
Glue each item on a sheet of paper.
Help him to describe the significance of each image and write information given by him in the bottom of the page.
Staple the pages together and add a title page that says “All About Me”
Read the book together after you’re done working on it.
They may look as silly games for an adult but for a baby, toddler or even a 3 year old it will be a valuable time spent with his family. And for you parents another brick in your child development.