Unit Study: Preschool Emotions

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K


By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Identify and name different emotions.
  2. Understand basic concepts of emotions and feelings.
  3. Recognize emotions in themselves and others.
  4. Develop social and emotional skills through activities related to emotions.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of emotional well-being.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Emotions

  • Introduce the concept of emotions and their importance.
  • Discuss different emotions (happy, sad, angry, etc.).
  • Read books about emotions.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create an emotions poster.

Day 2: Exploring Feelings

  • Explore different feelings and scenarios that evoke them.
  • Engage in role-playing and expression activities.
  • Read books about feelings.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create feeling face masks.

Day 3: Recognizing Emotions in Others

  • Focus on recognizing emotions in facial expressions and body language.
  • Practice identifying emotions in pictures and real-life situations.
  • Read books about understanding others’ emotions.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create emotion cards.

Day 4: Dealing with Emotions

  • Discover healthy ways to manage and express emotions.
  • Discuss coping strategies such as deep breathing and talking.
  • Read books about coping with emotions.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a feelings wheel.

Day 5: Celebrating Positive Emotions

  • Introduce the concept of positive emotions (joy, gratitude, kindness, etc.).
  • Engage in activities that promote positive emotions.
  • Read books about positive thinking.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a gratitude journal.

Resource List:


  1. “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain – Amazon Link
  2. “In My Heart: A Book of Feelings” by Jo Witek – Amazon Link
  3. “Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day” by Jamie Lee Curtis – Amazon Link


  1. “Emotions and Feelings Song” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link
  2. “Feelings and Emotions for Kids” by The Singing Walrus – YouTube Link
  3. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Feelings and Emotions” – YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts:

  1. Emotions Poster – Create a poster with pictures representing different emotions.
  2. Feeling Face Masks – Create masks with different facial expressions.
  3. Emotion Cards – Create cards with pictures of various emotions.
  4. Feelings Wheel – Create a wheel with different emotions and coping strategies.
  5. Gratitude Journal – Create a journal to record positive experiences and emotions.

Adapt and customize the activities based on the interests and abilities of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have a nurturing and emotionally enriching time exploring feelings and emotions with your young learners!

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