How to use the Emotion phones - ELSA Support for emotional literacy

How to use the Emotion phones

This emotion phone pack is very versatile and can be used in lots of different ways.

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Phones without words

  • Lay out the phones and ask the pupil to pick the phone that represents how they are feeling right now.
  • Go through the phones one by one and ask the pupil which emotion do they represent.
  • Ask the pupil to sort through the phones between positive and negative emotions.
  • Which phone represents how they would like to feel? Why?
  • Which phone represents the worst feeling they have ever had. Why?
  • Which phone represents the best feeling they have ever had? Why?
  • Pick a phone such as angry. What physical feelings do they get when angry?
  • Using the angry phone, how can they calm down when angry?
  • Using the worried phone, how can they calm down when worried? What strategies can they try?

Phones with words

  • Learn a common emotion word by looking through the phones
  • Use in a similar way to the phones without words.
  • Use to talk about synonyms of emotions – what other words do they know?

Match the picture to the picture

  • Look at the picture on the screen and simply match the pictures
  • Look at the picture and discuss which other emotions might be underneath that picture

Match the word to the picture

  • Look at the word and read  it. Which picture matches the word?

Match the picture to the word

  • Look at the picture and match the picture to the word

Emotional registers

  • Simply use the pictures or the words for the pupil to tap on the keypad which emotion they are feeling



Draw or write the emotion

  • Pupils can choose an emotion to write or draw


Speech and talking bubbles

  • Pupils can use these phones to write their thoughts or give messages

Blank phones

  • Use these for your own activities
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