To help children (and adults!) understand their emotions, it’s important to help them identify what triggers negative feelings. Everyone has different triggers. Large crowds bother me, but there are plenty of people who thrive when in a big crowd of people. Some kiddos are extremely sensitive to noise, while others enjoy loud music.
Once children are able to identify what triggers negative emotions, they can then identify several “soothers” or coping strategies. These strategies/activities are meant to help them feel calm or even happy.
I have created a document which includes several soothers (calming strategies) and triggers that are common for children and adults. Again, everyone is different, but these are often identified as triggering negative emotions, including anger and frustration.
You can find the Soothers and Triggers worksheet here.