Last month, my patrons helped me collaborate on creating this new resource: a pizza-themed feelings wheel for kids. Via the Patreon community, Patrons got early access to this resource as it was developed, and their input shaped this final draft, which is now available for everyone to download below.
I love how this ooey-gooey and extra-cheesy feeling wheel turned out. This pizza emotion wheel for kids is a playful take on a traditional feelings wheel, but this emotion wheel is designed with kids and adolescents in mind.
While boring emotion wheels can have a clinical vibe that bores creative kids fast, this emotion wheel takes the basic concept of that old 1980’s feelings wheel resource (feeling wheels have an interesting history, you can read about it here) and morphs the concept into a cute educational resource that is approachable for all ages.
Paid and Free Kid’s Emotion Wheels for Download
As always, the premium versions of this download are free for personal and professional use to $5/mo Patrons. If you’re interested in a single download, grab the perfect option for you below. The free emotion wheel for kids is a simple black and white text-based PDF, helpful for facilitating conversations at home or in the classroom about feelings, moods, and emotions.
For folks who want the interactive worksheet game or premium printables, the PRO-PACK offers it all: 2 color variations of the resource, 1 coloring book page style black and white version, plus the 2-page worksheet/game download.
If you want to be able to slide the labeled pepperoni-emotions around just like the cheesy goodness dripping off this art, be sure and purchase the PRO PACK. This 5-page resource includes a printer-friendly 2 page worksheet. The 2 page worksheet features a plain crust on one page, and lots of labeled and ready-to-custom-label emotion pepperonis on another page.
The full-color version of this resource is available in PDF form above, plus wooden wall art, posters, throw pillows, or totebags- all can be found in my shop on Society6.
The full color pizza-themed emotion wheel, a part-color wheel, and a black-and-white version are included with the interactive two-page worksheet in this resource developed for teachers and parents of children and teens ages 5 to 15.
Integrate this resource into your classroom lesson plan, therapy session, or family intervention, with the following steps:
- First: Invite kids, teens, or families to color the pepperonis and the pizza crust.
- Next: Cut out each of the preprinted pepperonis and invite kids to add other feelings by writing them in the extra pepperoni shapes provided.
- Once the pepperoni-shaped feelings labels are cut out, you can collaboratively create a custom feeling wheel.
The exercise of placing emotions in the appropriate category builds both linguistic skills and emotional-developmental awareness, while the particular organization and kid’s creation of additional feelings they identify can help provide unique insight for teachers, parents, or mental health providers to connect with kids and young teens.
Why Use An Emotion Wheel for Kids?
Using an emotion wheel with kids can help kids develop an increasing awareness of emotion and a wider vocabulary of language for expressing their own emotions. Too often, we don’t provide kids a lot of space to have and express complex emotions. Even the language we use about emotions in the presence of children tends to be extra simplified: “happy, sad, bad, etc.” For young children just developing language and their ability to describe inner states, this extra-simple language is appropriate.
As kids grow, though, one key task of educators, parents, and caregivers is helping kids develop the ability to check in with themselves, notice what they are feeling, and express those feelings appropriately. Helping kids develop a robust vocabulary to describe emotions may help them communicate their emotions, which has been linked to improved social support seeking. In other words, kids who can describe what they are feeling can communicate those feelings to peers and adults.
Kids who can describe feelings to peers and adults actually give those people the information they need to care well for them, and through developing experiences of good-care-getting, we become better at care-seeking, which is correlated to improved mental health. And when kids get good, attuned care, they feel safe, connected, and able to grow.
Developing emotional regulation skills on the inside and language skills to communicate with the world outside ourselves improves – for all of us, not just kids – the capacity to participate fully in healthy relationships, seek care when we need it, and grow into kind empathic individuals.
Image Description for Screen Readers:
A colorful digitally illustrated pizza is placed on a light blue background. The pizza is cut into 8 slices with each slice named on the crust with a category of emotions. Placed on each slice are a few dark red pepperonis that, each show a different emotion name written on it in white. The pizza is split into the following pieces:
Mad – annoyed, disgust*, rage, hate
Scared – nervous, afraid, unsafe, awkward*, jealous**
Bad – shame, guilty, lonely*,
Sad – missing someone, down*, lost*calm – safe, gentle, hope
Happy- proud, fierce, kind*, content*, love**Excited – eager, curious*,
Surprise! – amazed, overwhelm, shock
*Pepperonis with asterisks indicate that these pepperonis overlap into another pizza slice, helping illustrate the concept that some emotions can belong to multiple categories or have more than one way of understanding the emotion. **Pepperoni’s with two asterisks indicate they overlap into two different slices.