We tried this yesterday with our afternoon social group of 7 boys and they loved it! We got in a circle, holding hands at first to help get everyone in place, and we told the boys we were going to do the Hokey Pokey using all of the different feelings we’ve been talking about. I started first so they would know how it went and sang “you put your happy face in, you put your happy face out…”
Between verses I told everyone to bring their eyes to me because I would point to one of them to name the next feeling. They all stood so quietly and nicely waiting for their chance to go, it was amazing! This is a great game to really emphasize all the things that change depending on the way we’re feeling such as body posture, tone of voice and facial expressions. The more affect you use, the better!
It might be helpful to have a little lesson about these variables before playing (by finding pictures of characters in books or magazines and drawing attention to the position of hands, shoulders, eyebrows, etc). Have the kids guess how each character is feeling and then discuss what they noticed that gave them that idea.