Learning About Feelings

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Here’s a fun way to teach your baby about feelings as he or she begins to navigate the world of emotions; bring stuffed animals in on the action!

The very first one I wanted to illustrate for Veronika was love. I said the word and gave her stuffed animal a big hug.

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She wanted to copy me right away!

Next, I sat the happy stuffed animals around me for a story time, explaining that story time makes me happy. Make sure to exaggerate the emotion as you say it. For happy, that meant a high voice and big smiles. She was excited.

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There are so many children’s books featuring emotions that you can read through. Our book included different scenarios and emotions on each page. After I read the text, I stopped and had her stuffed animals act it out.

The fox was sleepy.

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Oh no and then worried.

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And then “surprised!” Veronika copied my motions and put her hands up in a big, “Oh yay!”

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And there was a happy ending of course.

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Read through several books this way, so you can explore the gamut of emotions with your little one. Veronika looked concerned when the animals were worried…

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…and thrilled when they were glad. She enjoyed this story time so much, and I did too!

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