Free Printable Feelings Charts
Custom Emotion Chart with Your Photos
This emotion chart includes a list of feelings from a to z with feeling faces for each emotion. It is perfect for hanging in a classroom or at home.
Printable List of Feelings
Daily Feelings Chart
Use this printable feeling chart to help your kids or students describe how they are feeling.
How do you feel today chart
This feeling faces chart can be used to help children describe their feelings using emotion words. Explain to the child that it is OK to experience various emotions throughout the day. They can use as many emotions as they like. They can either use a word from the suggested list or use their own word. If they don’t want to write an emotion, then they can draw a feeling face.
Mark how you feel today on your feelings chart.
The following charts have a section to describe the child’s mood in the morning, afternoon, and evening. It will help you discuss or analyze triggers that change their mood throughout the day.
Write the relevant emotion words next to each of the feeling faces
Each of the feelings faces is expressing a different emotion. Add a suitable emotion word for each of the feeling faces. This will help children learn how to define types of emotions and use words to express themselves.
Wheel of Emotions
Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions
Dr. Gloria Willcox’s Feelings Wheel
This worksheet distinguishes between things you have control over and things you don’t have control over. It encourages you to focus more on the things you have control over and less on the things you don’t.
Editable Emotion Chart for Kids
Either divide the day into sections and relate to each section or have one line for each subject if the daily mood chart template is being used at school. Feel free to use it however it works for you.
If you are using this for toddlers or preschool then you can add images instead of the text. For example, if you want to discuss how the toddler felt during lunch you can add a photo of lunchtime. To add a photo, click on add photo and upload any photo. Drag it to any position and make it smaller or larger.
This chart can be used to:
- Analyze behavior
- Investigate the trigger that caused the behavior
- Encourage children to think of a better solution next time they experience a similar feeling.
What is a feeling face chart?
This is a chart with various faces. Each face shows a different emotion. The emotions are happy, sad, scared, angry, frustrated, etc. Some of the charts on this page have a description for each emotion, whereas others have a feeling face with a line to describe how you think each face is feeling. Encourage the children to describe each mood. We have a few printable feeling lists which will give kids’ ideas and help them match the relevant feeling to the face.
Why use mood charts?
Some children find it difficult to express themselves or describe how they are feeling. Mood charts can be used to get these kids to open up and share before an issue blows up. They also help discuss various emotions and possible reactions or triggers. During discussions, you can learn a lot about the children and understand what they are going through.
Where can these feeling charts be used?
Parents, teachers, or therapists can use these charts at home, school, kindergarten, therapy centers, or clinics. There is also a feelings chart for adults which can be used by teenagers and adults.
How to use mood charts?
Whereas an emotion results from a specific event or situation, a mood is a feeling that does not directly result from any specific reason or cause.
There are many different ways to use the charts, depending on what you are trying to achieve. One effective method is to ask the children to describe what they think the face is feeling. If they have trouble defining emotions, you can use the printable feeling list on this page. Once they have described this feeling, you can discuss what could have made them feel this way. This will help you understand how various triggers cause kids to behave in a particular manner. For example, if a child has anger management issues, you could discuss alternative reactions to these different feelings.
Why is it important to define your feelings?
According to Salovey & Mayer, J. D. (1990) in “Emotional intelligence. Imagination, cognition and personality”, the ability to identify your emotions is a skill that is related to emotional intelligence. Some people are more capable when it comes to pinpointing and describing their emotions than others.
According to Dr. Gloria Willcox (Positive Psychology), people high in differentiation are able to express more detailed emotional experiences and use different adjectives to represent their experiences. They are better able to distinguish the intensity of emotions and use a greater emotion vocabulary. In contrast, people low in differentiation use only a few general emotional states and often struggle to communicate their feelings.
Evidence suggests that helping people to expand their vocabulary to describe feelings and emotions can help them regulate their emotions more effectively (source: Kircanski, Lieberman, M.D., Craske, M.G., “Feelings into words: contributions of language to exposure therapy. Psychological Science”).
According to Sage Journals, when people can distinguish between different emotions they are less likely to resort to binge drinking, aggression, and self-injurious behavior; show less reactivity to rejection; and experience less severe anxiety and depressive disorders upon experiencing intense distress.