Advanced games to learn emotions

In a previous post, we focused on activities that were more appropriate for younger children or new Chinese learners. This post will focus on a little more advanced Chinese because we will be integrating all the skills we have been using in previous activities such as storytelling, drawing, and writing.

ACTIVITIES OF THE WEEK

Most of these activities are geared toward older children - but like for our other activities, we can scale them back for younger ones. Just make appropriate adaptations.


Emotion Storytelling (age 5+, single or multiple players)

 WHAT YOU NEED 道具 
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
 HOW TO PREPARE 事前準備 
  • Prepare different “emotion” cards for your child to use as a prompt
 HOW TO PLAY 玩法 
  1. Offer your child three prompts from which to choose. Have them tell or write a short story that features the emotion they choose.
  2. If there are multiple children, you can have the children agree on which emotion to choose. Then, have each child tell one line of the story and continue around the room until the story is done.
 ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 玩法變化 

Depending on your child’s age, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by taking the following steps:

  1. To make it easier, you can have your child tell you the story or draw a picture instead of writing it.
  2. To make it easier, you can have the story be shorter instead of longer.
  3. To make it more difficult, you can ask your child to incorporate more than one emotion.
  4. To make it more difficult, you can use more complex emotions like disgust, loneliness, jealousy, etc.

Emotion Story Drawing (age 3+, single or multiple players)

 WHAT YOU NEED 道具 
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
 HOW TO PREPARE 事前準備 
  • Prepare different “emotion” cards for your child to use as a prompt
 HOW TO PLAY 玩法 
  1. Offer your child three prompts from which to choose. Have them draw a picture of a time when they felt a particular emotion.
  2. After they draw the picture, have your child describe the picture and scenario to you.

 ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 玩法變化 

Depending on your child’s age, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by taking the following steps:

  1. To make the activity easier, your child doesn’t have to describe the picture to you.
  2. To make the activity harder, you can ask your child to draw a comic style picture instead of just one picture. (Please refer to one of our previous post on comics-related activities to draw inspirations)
  3. To make the activity harder, you can ask your child to incorporate more than one emotion in the picture. Have there been times when they felt more than one emotion at a time?

Emotion Idiom Matching Activity (age 5+, single or multiple players)

 WHAT YOU NEED 道具 
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
 HOW TO PREPARE 事前準備 
  • You can draw different images to represent feelings, or just regular faces on cards.
  • If you are stuck, there is a wide range of readily available emojis that you can use as a source of inspiration.
  • Write Chinese idioms that match the emojis. For your reference, you can look at our previous article about EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.
  • Please feel free to download a reference sheet of some common Chinese idioms on emotions.

       

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 HOW TO PLAY 玩法 
  1. Mix up the Idiom/Phrase cards and give a set of the emoji cards to each child playing.
  2. Flip over an idiom/phrase card. See who can choose the matching emoji card first. Whoever is fastest gets the point.
 ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 玩法變化 

Depending on your child’s age, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by taking the following steps:

  • To make the activity easier, the children don’t have to compete against each other.
  • To make the activity harder, you can include more cards.
  • To make the activity harder, you can have your child do the “opposite” emotions instead.
  • If your children vary in ages, you can give handicaps to the older children. For example, every TWO cards counts as one point.

We would love to hear your comments and see pictures of your kids doing the activities. Make sure you join our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group and share with us!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Keep the target in mind.

With regards to Chinese fluency and literacy, what is your ultimate goal? Why is that important to you? If you keep these reasons at the forefront of your mind, it will be easier to persist when things are hard or your schedule makes working on Chinese a hassle.

Also, remember that you’re allowed to change your mind. Your goals can change depending on your family situation. Give yourself grace to adapt and adjust – whether it is de-emphasizing Chinese or increasing time spent on Chinese. There is plenty of time.

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