Teaching Emotions to Kids: Emotions Postcards

Children aren’t born knowing or even understanding their emotions, which is why teaching emotions to children is so important!

But where is a parent or educator to start?

I’m just in love with these Visual Emotions Postcards, which are specifically designed for kids and parents. This post contains affiliate links.

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Emotions Postcards for Kids

It may seem strange, but children aren’t born knowing what emotions are and how they feel.

Its up to us as parents and educators to help children learn how to name their emotions, which is the first step to learning how to manage their emotions as well.

Teaching Emotions to Kids

The front of the cards include a picture and word to correspond with each emotion.

Emotions Postcards for any of these sets include:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Confused
  • Crying
  • Disappointed
  • Fear
  • Laughing

What really makes these visual emotional cue cards stand out is the back of each card is a description of the word or emotion, some other words that describe it and some tips for parents to help kids self regulate.

You can get a sample of the emotions postcards HERE.

There are 3 different sets:

At the end of the postcards there is also an 8×10 poster of all the emotions for a child to look at and point to or circle the one they are feeling like at the moment. 

This is perfect to hang in classrooms, home, or place near a desk.

Teaching Emotions: Emotions Postcards Full Set

Print at Home or School

These emotions postcards are sized 6×4. 

The cards are best printed on thick card stock and also have a thin grey line to make it easier to cut.

They can also be laminated. You can also use a hole punch and an o-ring to hold them all together.

Printing instructions are included in the PDF download.

To purchase, just click on the set you’d like:

Need additional support? Read about other ways you can help your kids understand their emotions.

How to Help Kids Understand Their Emotions | Mommy Evolution


  1. I love these cards. My son had something similar in his preschool classroom.

    1. What I really love about these cards is they give parents additional hints on how to talk about the emotion.

  2. I am not familiar with these cards but they seem like such a wonderful idea. I have a fairly new grandparent blog and will link to your blog post in the future. Thank you.

  3. This would be an AMAZING activity to do with my daughter.

    Thanks for sharing at #everythingkids this week!

  4. What a great idea to help kids get in touch with their emotions! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  5. What a great idea! Thanks so much for submitting this post to our best of the blogosphere link up. We’d love to have you back with a new post!

  6. What a great idea to help kids recognize and verbalize their emotions! Thanks for sharing this with us at Throwback THursday!


  7. Oh my gosh, I love these!! Thanks so much. I will be printing them soon for my toddler.

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