One of the key components for the harmonious development of a child is the ability to recognise, name, and express emotions. Drawing and naming emotions provide a fun and entertaining way to do this, and they may also have a range of positive effects.
These activities help to develop the child’s emotion regulation skills, allowing them to better control and express their feelings. Moreover, it encourages the formation of a stronger bond between parent and child, as it gives them a common language to express and discuss emotions.
To demonstrate, my daughters and I recently sat together to create a game that is both fun and instructive in learning how to recognise and name emotions. As we drew, we each explained what our own emotions look, feel, or act like. For example, we asked each other questions such as “What does fear look like?” or “Why is Dad's fear scarier than Helen’s?” Needless to say, we all had a lot of fun, and the children were surprised at how well their drawings could express emotion.
The activity also opened up opportunities for conversations about difficult emotions and how to use them for good. We discussed strategies for processing and controlling uncomfortable emotions, as well as how to channel anger or anxiety into something positive.
In conclusion, I highly recommend that every parent plays this game with their child as it can be a great way to bond and learn more about one another. Not only does it help to develop their emotional regulation skills, but it also helps them become more aware of their emotions and how to use them constructively.