Feelings Dance

Summary: A medium energy game that allows students to explore their emotions through dance.


  • Speaker
  • Age-appropriate music


  1. Before starting, make sure there is enough space for students to move around.
  2. Explain that you will name a feeling, and the students should dance in a way that shows that feeling.
  3. Start by playing music and having everyone walk around.
  4. Call out a feeling: “Dance like you’re _______!” Allow students enough time to figure out their dances before instructing them to walk again.
  5. Repeat with different feelings, or allow students to call out their own feelings.

Debrief Questions:

  • Which feelings were the hardest to dance to?
  • Were there any feelings where you and your classmates had the same dance?
  • Why is it important to understand your feelings?
  • Were some feelings easier than others to show?
  • Did the music match the feeling? What was it like when they didn’t match?

Activity Length: Short (<15 minutes)

Energy Level: Medium

Grade Level: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd

Group Size: Large (10+), Medium (5-9)