Emotions Book and Montessori 3-part cards in English, Chinese, and Korean

Empathy is an important life skill, and interpreting emotions requires analysis of facial expressions and body language. To reinforce this important skill for our family, I made an Emotions Book and Montessori 3-part cards with photographs of various children.

These free printables are available in English, Chinese, and Korean, my children’s 3 languages.

Related: 30 Positive Affirmations I Tell My Kids Everyday (English / Chinese Printable)

Emotions Book and Montessori 3-part cards in English, Chinese, and Korean

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When to teach children about emotions and empathy

Emotions are feelings which change depending on what one is experiencing.

Empathy is the awareness of other people’s emotions.

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.

Ideally, we are teaching our children how to observe and identify emotions throughout childhood.

When discussion is normalized and part of the daily routine at home and school, opening up and harnessing one’s emotions becomes easier.

With control over emotions, children can think more clearly and demonstrate empathy, such as cheering up or calming down other people.

However, many adults struggle with emotions and may be learning how to navigate various feelings with their children.

The printable emotions book and Montessori 3-part cards can help all family members practice recognizing and discussing emotions together!

Chinese Montessori-3 part cards emotions

Why real photos are effective for teaching emotions

Although we have done several emoji learning activities in past years, photographs of real people are much more effective for teaching this topic.

Representation matters when teaching our kids

Since we live in a non-diverse town, my kids are exposed to children of different ethnicities primarily through books. 

Although some baby board books have wonderful photos of emotions, these felt a bit young for my oldest child who is 5 years old.

Therefore, I was motivated to make printables about emotions that feature children of different backgrounds.

Emotions Book and Montessori 3-part cards in English, Chinese, and Korean

Important vocabulary in English, Chinese, and Korean

Emotions terminology

  • Bored
    • 无聊 / 無聊 (Wúliáo)
    • 심심하다
  • Happy
    • 高兴 / 高興 (Gāoxìng)
    • 기쁘다
  • Surprised
    • 惊讶 / 驚訝 (Jīngyà)
    • 놀라다
  • Angry
    • 愤怒 / 憤怒 (Fènnù)
    • 화나다
  • Curious
    • 好奇 (Hàoqí)
    • 궁금하다
  • Excited
    • 兴奋 / 興奮 (Xīngfèn)
    • 신나다
  • Sad
    • 伤心 / 傷心 (Shāngxīn)
    • 슬프다
  • Sleepy
    • 困 (Kùn)
    • 졸리다
Korean Montessori-3 part cards emotions

Conversation starters for exploring emotions

  • Let’s look at the facial expression. What do you see?
    • 让我们来看一下面部表情。你看见什么? / 讓我們來看一下面部表情。 你看見什麼? (Ràng wǒmen lái kàn yīxià miànbù biǎoqíng, nǐ kànjiàn shénme?)
    • 어린이의 얼굴을 봅시다.  어떤 표정을 짓고 있나요?
  • How do you think he/she feels?
    • 你觉得他/她有什么感觉? / 你覺得他/她有什麼感覺? (Nǐ juédé tā/tā yǒu shé me gǎnjué?)
    • 어떤 기분일까요?
  • What made you think he/she felt that way?
    • 是什么让他/她有这样的感觉?/ 是什麼讓他/她有這樣的感覺? (Shì shénme ràng tā/tā yǒu zhèyàng de gǎnjué?)
    • 왜 그런 기분일까요?
  • Have you ever felt that way before?
    • 你曾经有过这样的感觉吗?/ 你曾經有過這樣的感覺嗎? (Nǐ céngjīng yǒuguò zhèyàng de gǎnjué ma?)
    • 그런 기분이든적이 있나요?
  • What would you say to him/her?
    • 你会对他/她说些什么?/ 你會對他/她說些什麼?(Nǐ huì duì tā/tā shuō xiē shénme?)
    • 그 아이에게 어떤 말을 하고싶어요? 

Emotions book in English, Chinese, and Korean

What you need for the emotions book

  1. Color printer (the one we have is no longer sold, but this printer and this printer have high reviews)
  2. Card stock or photo paper
  3. Scissors and/or paper cutter
  4. Hole punch
  5. Loose-leaf paper ring

How to prepare the emotions book

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  1. Download and print the printable pdf in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and/or Korean from the Printables Library for Subscribers.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, please complete the form here.
    1. The printable comes with images of 9 children of various ethnicities.  Images were obtained from Adobe Stock and Pexels.
    2. In this article, you may see photos of other children who are not included in the printables.  Due to the high cost of image licensing, I could not include every image that I printed for my children.
  2. Fold each page into quarters.
  3. Cut along the creases.
  4. Punch hole in corners of each page.  I punched holes in the top center of each page, but this position seems to be slightly less convenient when turning pages.
  5. Insert loose-leaf paper ring
reading the emotions book for kids

How to teach with the emotions book

My recommendation is to casually have open-ended conversations about emotions with your child. For example:

  1. Look at a picture of a child.
  2. Observe his or her features.  Some children (like my 5-year-old daughter) may want to jump to naming or asking you to label the emotion.  Encourage them to be patient.
  3. Take out the “conversation starters” page of the emotions book.  With each picture, consider the questions.  If the questions are too open-ended for your child, you can ask more specific questions, for example:
    1. Are the eyes open or closed?
    2. What shape is the mouth?
    3. Can you see what their hands are doing?
  4. You can add more photos to your emotions book, such as with photos of your family members, or cutting out people from a magazine.  I am only able to provide a limited amount of photos in this printable due to the high cost of licensing of copyrighted images.
  5. With more photos of expressions, you can sort expressions by type.  You can also compare how variations of an expression can represent the same emotion, and notice that slight differences can represent a totally different emotion.  Also make note of how hands and body language can help convey an emotion.
  6. Act out various emotions!  Attempting to replicate various expressions may be a fun way for children to apply what they learned.  However, we need to teach that imitating someone’s real emotion can be insulting and mocking.
  7. Lastly, I think it’s important to emphasize that we can guess what emotion someone is conveying through their facial expressions, but the only person who knows the “correct’ answer is the person in the photo.  We don’t know what another person is truly experiencing unless they can verbalize it honestly.  In addition, recognizing a facade is an important skill.

Of course, the conversation with younger toddlers will likely be rather superficial.  On the other hand, with older children and adolescents, you can delve into deep analysis!

English Montessori-3 part cards D'nealian font

Emotions Montessori 3-part cards

Montessori Three-Part Cards help children learn new vocabulary while analyzing images and consist of:

  1. Picture card with word label
  2. Picture card
  3. Word label card and card

What you need for the Montessori 3-part cards

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  1. Download the printable pdf in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and/or Korean from the Printables Library for Subscribers.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, please complete the form here.
    1. The printable comes with images of 8 children of various ethnicities.  Images were obtained from Adobe Stock and Pexels.
    2. In this article, you may see photos of other children who are not included in the printables.  Due to the cost of image licensing, I could not include every image that I printed for my children.
    3. PLEASE OBEY COPYRIGHT LAWS and do not share the pdf privately.  You are welcome to share the link to this website with other families and teachers only.  Thank you for your honesty!
  2. Print TWO copies of the printable in the desired language
  3. For one copy, cut along all solid lines to create separate picture and word cards
  4. For the other copy, cut along only the outer rectangle to create picture cards with word labels.

How to use the Montessori 3-part cards

For the 3-6 year old child, the task is to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.

For children age 6 years and up, you can add a brief description of the concept on the back of the picture card for more information.

These ages are suggestions since children develop and learn at various paces.

I recommend presenting the Montessori 3-part cards after open-ended discussions with the emotions book.

Have you talked about emotions with your children?  Please feel free to share how the discussion is going and if you recommend any resources!

Recommended reading

《想哭的时候》 Everyone  is a wonderful picture book about emotions, available in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and English.

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7 Comments

  1. My child is not old enough to do this activity yet since he’s only 8 months but we use the Scholastic Baby Days books to expose him to diverse faces. I also want to thank you for your time and effort in creating this content and posting it online for free. The format of your posts are always fluid and easy to navigate. You’re my virtual Jiejie when it comes to raising my son in a bilingual family!

    1. Thank you so much for encouraging message! I’m happy to hear that the information is easy to follow! Thank you also for recommending the Scholastic Baby Days books! Looks like a great series! 🙂

  2. can you please tell me how to get the password access for the printables again, I subscribe last year and forgot the password, thanks!

  3. I have subscribed so how long before I get the welcome email so I can download the Emotion Cards?

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