What Exactly IS a Feelings Piñata?

Each week on the QuaverSEL blog, we highlight one of the core CASEL competencies and a sub-competency. Today, we’re taking a look at self-awareness and an activity to help support accurate self-perception in students.

Let’s dive in!

Today, we’ll take a look at a simple activity that helps students name and identify a feeling then talk with a partner about a time when they felt that feeling. This activity is a great opportunity to remind and encourage students that all feelings are an important part of who we are. 

Feelings Piñata

Feelings Piñata can be found in Resource Manager, located on your QuaverSEL Teacher Dashboard. 

Click the blue “Self-Awareness” icon and scroll down to “Accurate Self-Perception” to find this activity. 

With the Piñata graphic on your screen, you might begin the activity by discussing different situations that might lead to certain feelings. 

For example, “You might feel disappointed or sad if you lost your favorite toy.” 

Then, partner your students with a classmate, and ask them to decide who will speak first in their group. They can keep the same partner for the entire game, or change partners each round. 

The Feelings Piñata works just like a regular piñata, revealing an emotion instead of a piece of candy each time it is touched. While there are lots of ways to use this activity with your students, here is just one simple suggestion!

Click the “Feelings Piñata” to reveal a feeling or select a volunteer to do the same. 

The word and face for that feeling will appear on the screen. When the feeling appears, have students and their partners make the face that corresponds with that feeling. The person who speaks first will tell briefly about a situation where they felt that feeling.

An example you might see is…

If the piñata reveals PROUD, for example, you might ask students, “What would the face of someone who is proud look like?” 

Invite your students to get creative with their faces and descriptions of that emotion. To help start off the conversation, you could even tell the class about a time you were proud.

Let students tell their partner about a time they were proud. Tell students when they are to swap, and let the person who hasn’t talked yet have an opportunity to share about a time they felt the feeling on the screen. You can repeat this process for as many feelings as time will allow.

If your students seem confident with their responses, you could even choose a few of their examples to help lead a discussion about different situations and the feelings they entail. 

The Feelings Piñata is a simple but engaging tool for addressing self-awareness and accurate self-perception. You can find more short activities that focus on accurate self-perception by selecting the Self-Awareness icon in Resource Manager. 

Stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks as we dive into stress management! 


How do you encourage accurate self-perception in your classroom?

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