This is a revisit of a Facebook post we made way back in 2013 but it’s a good one!
Try these fun, nonverbal games/activities with your family to practice and strengthen your child’s ability to “read” others’ nonverbal cues and communication:
Charades: try acting out different emotions to help your child interpret your body language, facial expressions, and gestures.
Name that Face: you could practice the skill of interpreting others’ facial expressions in a variety of ways.
Peek-a-Boo with a twist: Hide your face and reveal a different expression, giving your child time to process and label the emotion being expressed.
Facial Expression Sort: Have a pictorial collection of faces expressing a wide range of emotions (magazine clippings would work great) and sort through the faces, categorizing them by the emotion expressed.
Mirror Me: Use a mirror so both you and your child can see your faces. Take turns making a facial expressions that the partner practices matching.
Family Feelings: Take pictures of each of your family members expressing several different emotions. Print off the pictures and create collages or posters for each emotion. To extend the activity further, list different scenarios in daily life that make you feel that emotion.
Have fun! We’d love to hear about your experience so comment below!