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DON’T BE SAD is certainly a ‘game for the moment’ where children can be encouraged to think and talk about their emotions in down to earth way.  

Plus, you get to practise 5/6 fun postures 

AGE: 3–7  (Nursery, Reception Years 1 & 2)    PS. I have played this with Year 6 and they loved it!

POSTURES: Frog, Chips, Banana, Dragon, Candle,  Hero and loads more

SKILLS: Concentrating , Listening, Participating, Performing/Acting  

RESOURCES: Game Cards, Posture Cards   


Can I can listen well?

Can I pretend to be sad/happy/angry/grumpy...?

         ❯Can I understand what an emotion is ?


You model first.  Explain that you are going to pretend to be sad. Put on your sad face 

Ask the children to sing:

"[Your Name, Your Name] don't be sad ,
What can we do to make you glad?"

You reply: "You can do Banana” (for example) I.e. You invite the whole class to do the Banana Posture 

Carry on, each time choosing a different posture. And let your face show less sadness each time 

(De Niro eat your heart out!) 

Ask class to suggest other emotions that could be acted out. For example, Angry, Frightened and so on.  

You’ll have to make up songs on the spot so don't worry about rhyming. Or you could have some songs already prepared.  

Choose children to ‘act out’ an emotion 

Keep with activity over at least 5 weeks 

If you would like to see more games like this have a look at : Sitting on a Chicken. The Best EVER 52 Yoga Games to Teach in Schools

Chissick M & Peacock S (2017) Sitting on a Chicken. The Best EVER 52 Yoga Games to Teach in Schools
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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