How colorful cubes can help children develop empathy

At three-years, children are learning to understand and express themselves in new ways in relationship with others, with new vocabulary and new physical expressions. As a class, they spend time giving language to feelings, using colors as a symbol for a feeling:

  • pink: love
  • orange: silly
  • black: scared
  • red: angry
  • gray: frustrated
  • blue: sad
  • purple: beautiful
  • yellow: happy
  • green: calm

At four-years, they have grown leaps and bounds in how they understand self. The color cubes support an "empathy curriculum"—the children play community games at meeting time, using the color cubes to express social problems going on in the classroom. By identifying the feelings of the cubes, students can give thoughtful solutions, support each other and, change how they feel.

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