Children start feeling frustrated when they reach the ages of 1-2 years. Unfortunately, frustration is an emotion you’ll probably see a lot of at this stage! As adults we need to remember that toddlers have big feelings for such small people and they don't always have the appropriate words to express their feelings to others.
That’s where you come in. Playing with your toddler is the natural way for them to learn. It also gives them the opportunity to express how they feel by practising the strategies you have taught them during the play session.
Below are some great ideas to assist your toddler in learning how to express their feelings:
- teaching toddlers to share while they play with other children.
- using hand/finger puppets, toys or old clothes in role play– for example, cooking in the home corner; dressing up as a doctor and nurse.
- movement, music and song- Point to the faces on an Emotions poster or flash cards when singing "If your happy and you know it, clap your hands".
- messy play using paint, mud or goop to express feelings of anger, happiness etc.
- borrow and read the complete collection of "When I'm feeling" by Trace Moronie.
- take your child outside or to the park frequently so they can run, jump and roll around expressing how they feel.