Why Teach Emotions?

Emotional development is a complex process that begins in infancy and continues into adulthood. It requires an understanding of a wide range of feelings and emotions. It also involves recognising them within one’s self and others, understanding why they happen and developing effective ways of managing them.

Teaching a student about emotions helps them to regulate their own emotions (so they’re calmer), better navigate relationships (so there’s greater harmony and opportunity for friendship) and problem solve with ease (which makes schoolwork easier).

Emotions Flashcards

We’ve chosen 20 of the most common feelings and emotions. There are 10 of these in each of our sets.

What’s included in each set

  • 40 clear and captivating images
    Which makes it easy to keep your student engaged

  • 10 types of feelings and emotions
    So there’s plenty to teach

  • 4 cards per emotion
    This will deepen your student’s understanding of each emotion

  • A clear label on the reverse side of each card
    Which means you will stay on track with your teaching

  • A step by step activity guide that’s easy to use
    That encourages you to use the cards in a variety of ways

Teaching Targets

Each set contains 10 emotions with 4 cards per emotion

Emotions Volume 1

Emotions Volume 2

Teaching Support

  • A step by step activities guide is included
    That gives focus and direction to your lessons

  • The activities are listed in order of complexity
    Be sure to start with the easier tasks to foster a feeling of success

  • Suitable for early through to more advanced learners
    So the way you use the cards can evolves as your student progresses

  • There are a variety of touching, sorting, saying and acting activities
    This variety adds interest and will deepen you student’s understanding of feelings and emotions

  • There are suggestions for how to generalise to everyday life
    The greatest success come with integrating the lessons learned into everyday life

Activity Examples

Two activity examples are described below.

  • Touching
  • Sorting

This is a simple activity that requires the student to touch an emotion flashcard when asked to do so.

How to
Place 4 emotions cards on the table.
Example: Happy, sad, surprised and bored.
Ask the student to “Touch the (emotion).”
Example: “Touch happy.”
The student is expected to touch the ‘happy’ card.

Prompting for success
If the student is struggling, gently guide their hand to touch the correct card and state the name of the emotion (Say “Happy”)

This is a simple activity that requires the student to sort a range of flashcards by emotion.

How to
Place 4 categories cards on the table.
Example: Calm, confused, shy and proud
Hand the student up to 12 cards.
The student is expected to place the cards they are holding on top of the matching cards on the table.
So the calm card handed to them would go on top of the calm card on the table and so forth.

Prompting for success
If the student is struggling, gently guide their hand to place each card they are holding on top of the correct card on the table.

free activity guide for picture flashcards

Free Download: Flashcard Activity Guides

Take the guess work out of how to use the cards by following our activity guides. With simple, step-by-step advice and helpful pictures, they’ve been designed so that you get the most out of the cards and out of each lesson with your student. Feel purposeful, organised and confident whilst you teach.

Emotions buying options

Purchase the Emotions flashcards separately, as a bundle or as part of a larger language pack.

Emotions Vol 1

Our single set option. This top selling product consists of 40 emotions cards in a single box. There are 10 types of emotions and 4 cards per emotion. Click here for the list of emotions included in this set.

Emotions Vol 2

Another single set option. Also with 40 emotions cards. Like Emotions Vol 1, there are 10 types of emotions and 4 cards per emotion. The range of feelings and emotions in this set can be found here.

Emotions Bundle

Our two Emotions Sets sold together. Both in their own boxes and offering great value. With 80 emotions cards in total. There are 20 types of emotions and 4 cards per emotion.

Language Flashcard Set
Our five sets in one box option. The five sets are Emotions Vol 1, Categories, Go Togethers, Prepositions and Verbs Vol 1. There are color coded dividers that carefully organise each set.

Language Flashcard Library
Our eight sets in one box option. The eight sets are Emotions Vol 1 and 2, Categories, Go Togethers, Opposites, Prepositions and Verbs Vol 1 and Vol 2. Buy this product and our Nouns Set to purchase our entire range.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding emotions helps us to regulate our own emotions (so we’re calmer), better navigate our relationships (so there’s greater harmony) and problem solve with ease. Helping students to identify and label emotions is an important first step in becoming emotionally aware.

Showing one emotion across four faces helps students generalise the expression of each feeling and emotion. For example, the wide eyes of a person who is surprised are irrespective of whether they are male or female, young or old. Likewise, the furrowed brow of a person who is frustrated is irrespective of the color of their hair or their ethnicity.

There are lots of activities you can do with emotions flashcards, for example:

Place up to 6 cards on a table, with each one showing a different feeling or emotion (eg happy, sad, surprised and frustrated). Give the student another 4 cards showing the same emotions as the ones on the table. Be sure these are in random order. Ask the student to place each card with the corresponding one on the table (so happy goes on happy, sad goes on sad and so forth).

Show the student the cards one by one in random order and ask them to name how the person is feeling. For students who are able to successfully complete this task move on to asking them to provide examples of situations where a person might experience these feelings and emotions, such as “Why do you think the lady might be feeling frustrated?”

Yes, this set includes images of people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It also has a mix of males and females of varying ages from toddlers through to older adults. Emphasis has been placed on showcasing diversity.