A technique that was taught to me consisted of drawing a grid of equally sized squares onto a big piece of paper. Children are asked to draw a face that represents a different emotion in each square. If their attention holds out, start a dialogue about this picture and have the kids match faces with emotional descriptors (mad, happy, goofy, sad, etc). You could even start out with pre-labelled boxes within this grid or have a long list of emotional descriptors and ask the kids to draw corresponding faces.
If you want to get intermodal, a friend suggested that kids can be asked to approach a drum and create an auditory description of their emotion at the time and then to say what it is (one thump="bored," cacophony="excited, etc"). After everyone has had a turn, they are asked to come up a second time and drum out a "mystery emotion" and have the group try to guess what it is. More fun than a barrel of monkeys!
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