Emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware of, control and express emotions. Young children don’t know the words that describe how they feel when they experience emotions, so you have an important role in helping them to learn these. During this challenging time, our children often act out and are naughty, when in actual fact they are feeling scared or anxious. Playing games that encourage children to talk about how they feel, letting them listen to how you feel, and starting to accurately label what they are feeling helps them to become more empathetic people.
As always, the last picture gives you a description of one of the skills that you are helping your child to develop through this play, so that you can see how you are helping with your child’s development as well as bonding with your child.