Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force
For young children, play is the primary means of expressing feelings.
Sometimes parents can tell how children are feeling by watching their play or playing with them.
Take care not to impose your opinions on the child’s feelings during play. If your child feels you are directing instead of just playing, he or she will feel uncomfortable.
Some play items that help elicit feelings include sand, water, board games, painting, finger paints, chalkboard drawing, play dough and puppets.
Source: Published by N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, prepared by Karen DeBord, Ph.D.