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Required reading for the adult(s):

Key Strategies to Teach Children Empathy (Sorted by Age) – Big Life Journal

For the family:

Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy https://youtu.be/9_1Rt1R4xbM

Recommended Books: Raising A Legacy Bookshop

Empathy: being able to understand or feel how someone else feels

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Feelings Activity


Feelings Sheet

Coloring and Writing Supplies

  1. What are the different types of feelings that you have had? Demonstrate each of these with your facial features and body language. Older children: Play charades! Write the names of emotions on small pieces of paper. Randomly choose one and act it out for others to guess.
  2. Fill out the Feelings Sheet and brainstorm things that make you feel a certain way.
  3. Pick two of the feelings you brainstormed and describe a time you experienced that feeling? How did you feel? Why did you feel this way? 
  4. Using one of the recommended books or a book of your choice describe the feelings of the characters. Why do you think they are feeling that way?
  5. Think about the following scenarios. Describe how each person might feel and how you would respond:
    • Aisha got an A on her spelling test. 
    • Micah was running in the park and fell down. He is now sitting on the ground holding his ankle.
    • Carmen just walked into her first day of gymnastics class. She looked around the room and doesn’t know any of the other children there.
    • Li’s dog died last night.