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Opposites & emotions

What you need

Some space to move around.


  • Stimulates cognitive development
  • Extends vocabulary
  • Develops an understanding of different emotions and encourages communication about their emotions

The experience

Talk about all the different types of emotions we might feel. You could use this mood metre to get some ideas. Select a few easy opposites like sad and happy and have your child act them out. They can either pull a face or you can encourage them to say the words or both. 

You can also give it a try – act out an emotion, and encourage your child to act out the opposite emotion to what you are portraying.

Try acting out a range of different emotions such as angry, scared, excited or surprised. Try to find their opposites if you can.