Inside My Head Emotions Activity: Create Emotion Characters Just Like Riley

The movie “Inside Out” is one of my FAVORITE movies to show students. It provides a fun and relatable way for kids to explore their emotions and learn more about how their minds work. I wanted to build on this idea with my students, so I created an activity that would allow students to explore their own emotions in a similar way.

What is the “Inside My Head” Activity?

Inside My Head © is a fun and creative way for students to explore their emotions and thoughts. Have your students draw their very own emotion characters!

How to Do the “Inside My Head” Activity

To get started with the “Inside My Head” activity, students will need a copy of their ‘Inside My Head’ booklet and some drawing tools.

  1. Set the Stage: To start, you can show your students the movie “Inside Out” and have a brief discussion about the different emotions and characters in the movie. This can help get them excited and inspired for the activity.
  2. Get Creative: Next, give your students time to draw or create a visual representation of what’s going on inside their heads. Let them create their very own emotion characters.
  3. Share and Discuss: Once everyone has finished their drawings, have a group discussion about what they created. Ask students to share what they drew and why, or, do an Inside My Head gallery walk!
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This is one of my FAVORITE activities to do with students!

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Why should you do the “Inside My Head” Activity?

Inside My Head is a perfect social-emotional lesson to do in your classroom. Lessons like this help students with:

  1. Developing self-awareness: By exploring their emotions and thoughts, students can develop a greater understanding of themselves and their inner world.
  2. Encouraging creativity: The activity allows students to express themselves in a creative and artistic way, which can be a great outlet for emotions.
  3. Starting a conversation about mental health: The activity can help break down stigmas around mental health and encourage students to talk more openly about their emotions and thoughts.
  4. Building empathy: By sharing their drawings and discussing their emotions, students can develop a greater sense of empathy for others and learn to better understand different perspectives.