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Emotions [1]

Short description

Training of facial expressions, voice and posture through the representation of emotions


Social behaviourCommunication

Group size



10 minutes



Goal of this exercise is to improve

  • attention

  • observation

  • non-verbal communication

Speech and sounds are the first means of expressing feelings. Many children are not aware that they also express different feelings through facial expressions and different body postures. They should try out postures and learn to consciously use different ways of expression.


  1. The children stand in a circle and look down.

  2. The facilitator gives a feeling - pride, anger, sadness, fear,...

  3. The children look up from the floor with the appropriate facial expression.


At first you do this exercise only mimically. Then you express the whole thing only with your voice, e.g. by sighing when you say "sadness". The next step is to express the emotion with the help of the whole body ("pride" for example: Finally, all elements (facial expression, voice and posture) are combined and the feeling is convincing in the room!

The game leader can support the simultaneous looking down and looking up again with a rhythmic signal. The children should tilt their heads down in time and look up at a signal with the given emotional expression.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness


Self-perception and reflection

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