Summary: This activity is designed to help young people explore their emotional responses to positive and negative stimuli and to be able to talk about these responses in a concrete way. It will also help students gain a better understanding of the responses of their peers and how these may be similar or different to their own.
Target grades: K-2
Time Needed: one class session
Materials: Crayons/markers/colored pencils, paper
Connection to Bullying:Communication skills, empathy, self-awareness (emotional)
Instructions: Pick a color that best represents how you feel.
- When you learn something new.
- When someone hugs you.
- When one of your classmates is sad.
- When someone says something mean to you.
- When you help someone.
Have the students draw their rainbows.
Here are some suggestions for questions you could discuss afterwards:
- What color did you choose for (pick one)? Why? Look at the different colors your classmates chose. Why do you think that is?
- What is it like when you feel more than one color at once?
- Is there another color you want to add to your rainbow? What feeling does it correspond to?