foods with moods

January 11, 2011

books for kids

Freymann, S. & Elffers, J. (1999). How are you peeling: Foods with moods. NY: Scholastic Inc.



I read this book aloud for the children at play group during circle time.

The book has photographs of foods and rhyming text about emotions, for example…

“Wired? Tired? Need a kiss?

Do you know anyone like this?

Do you let your feelings show?

Who do you love? How do they know?

When how you feel is understood,

you have a friend, and that feels good.”

The following week we made our own books using coloured hand-made paper.

The children and their parents cut out pictures of fruit and vegetables from supermarket  advertising material, and drew faces on those pictures, depicting moods that the children experience.

It was a lovely activity. The families got very involved in it. One family depicted the fruit and vegetables displaying behaviours that the family values, such as sharing, playing together, and being kind.

Activity suitable for Preschool to Year 2.

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About hakea

groupworker, parent educator, therapist, mother of three boys.

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One Comment on “foods with moods”

  1. kloppenmum Says:

    What a great way to promote emotional intelligence.
    That key factor of being able to name our emotions as we have them is missing in older generations of Kiwis and Aussies, don’t you think – all that New World stoicism!


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