Body language for kids

By November 2, 2016Peppy Talks

Before we even know how to speak, we can communicate using our body. All our feelings can be expressed in our body language. In fact, we can often tell how someone is feeling before they even say so. If you think about it, showing love by holding hands or giving someone a hug does not need words. So how can you explain this to your little one? This week’s “1 minute Peppy Talk” will test your actress skills.

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Exercise: Start explaining that we use different body language when we’re trying to say different things. Show this by saying for instance “I don’t like this” while using a threatening, shy and angry body language.

Ask: How was my body language different?

Discuss:

  • What body language is appropriate in what situation?
  • How can we tell if someone is using a positive body language? Negative?
  • Can I change my body language?

Purpose: To practice expressing and interpreting body language

Want to experience more? Being able to read other people’s body language is a social skill essential for kids to develop. It all starts with labeling emotions and noticing different facial expressions. In Peppy Pals apps you can play mini-games where you practice reading different facial expressions and putting words on emotions.