Games to Help Read Body Cues
Social cues are something children need to become aware of. Reading facial expressions is part of this process.
Use emotions acting to read social cues and recognize the emotions of others. It's a fun way to learn emotions. It's called Emotions Acting.
Identifying emotions from people's expressions, tone, pitch, and gestures is the best way to see how the emotion looks. Since everyone has emotions, being aware of them is important to identifying them. Kids grow up know what they are, they just don't really know what they are called.
Here's how to play the acting game to teach kids more about emotions like livid, shock, happy, sad and other emotions.
Reading Facial Expressions
Kids can learn to read facial expressions just like they can learn to speak. It's a skill they will use later in life. They can even play the game with a team of friends on the playground or at home with their brothers and sisters.
A lot of miscommunications are caused by thinking someone is feeling angry and they are really feeling disappointed. Give the kids time to practice watching facial expression and guessing which one they are.
You can also give them scenarios of what type of emotions would work for each situation.
Have them try out their skills when they go home to see if they can guess what their parents are feeling. Or take them on a field trip to a department store where there are a lot of people around. See if they can guess the emotions people are showing on the faces.
Have them go through magazines to see if they can find pictures of emotions.
There are tons of emotions they can learn about such as proud, embarrassed, disappointed, frustrated, excited, happiness, sadness and many more.