Metaphors of Emotion Pack


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Welcome to the Metaphors of Emotion Pack

These visual image cards use metaphors to represent emotions in a way that is easily understood and relatable, designed to support children that struggle with the overwhelm of expressing emotions – however that part needs to be heard.


  • To enhance emotional literacy and expression by helping children recognise and articulate their feelings
  • To encourage open communication about emotions through non-verbal tools and visual metaphors
  • To foster self-compassion
  • To promote problem-solving and self-reflection

Metaphors of Emotion to Aid the Voice of the Child

Using visual metaphors linked to the Bounce Emotional Scale proves highly effective for children who struggle to articulate their inner emotions verbally. These metaphors provide a tangible and accessible way for children to explore and communicate complex feelings that may be difficult to put into words. By visually representing emotional states such as Calm, Fizzy, Wobbly, Angry, and Sad, the Bounce Scale offers a clear framework that children can relate to and understand.

For children facing challenges in expressing themselves verbally, these visual representations serve as a bridge. They allow them to externalise and share their internal experiences more easily. This process not only validates their emotions but also empowers them to engage in discussions about their feelings with greater confidence. Moreover, linking these visuals to interventions like Sand Tray therapy, Lego Feelings, and Artwork provides diverse avenues for self-expression and exploration. Each medium offers unique benefits, from tactile engagement in Sand Tray therapy to creative expression through art and symbolic representation with Lego models. These activities encourage sensory engagement and foster a deeper connection between a child’s emotional world and their external expression.

In essence, using visual metaphors aligned with the Bounce Emotional Scale enhances emotional literacy and resilience in children by offering them alternative ways to navigate and understand their feelings. It promotes self-awareness, emotional regulation, and the development of effective coping strategies. Thus, it supports holistic emotional growth and well-being.

This pack contains:

  • 12 Question Prompt Cards
  • 12 Visual Metaphors of Worry
  • 12 Visual Metaphors of Anger
  • 12 Visual Metaphors of Sadness

Pack information

  • Total Number of Pages: 10
  • Font:  Open Dyslexia
  • Format: High Quality PDF File

Symbolic Metaphors of Emotion Empowering Children’s Expression

The aim of “Metaphors of Emotion to Aid the Voice of the Child” is to empower children who find it challenging to verbally express their inner emotions by using visual metaphors connected to the Bounce Emotional Scale. These metaphors serve as a tangible method for children to explore and articulate complex feelings such as Calm, Fizzy, Wobbly, Angry, and Sad. This approach provides a clear framework that enhances emotional literacy and resilience among children. By integrating these visuals into therapeutic interventions like Sand Tray therapy, Lego Feelings, and Artwork, the aim is to help children externalise their emotions effectively. This process fosters self-awareness and equips children with valuable coping strategies to navigate and manage their emotional experiences.

Resource Pack Ideas

  • Emotional Check-ins: Use the visual representations as part of daily emotional check-ins to help children identify and communicate their current emotional state.
  • Therapeutic Sessions: Incorporate the visuals into therapeutic sessions such as play sessions, bilateral art therapy, Lego Feelings, or sand tray therapy to facilitate discussions about emotions.
  • Group Discussions: Initiate group discussions using the visuals to explore different emotions and their triggers, promoting emotional literacy among students.
  • Conflict Resolution: Use the visual metaphors to guide discussions on conflict resolution strategies, helping children understand their emotions during conflicts.
  • Mindfulness Activities: Incorporate the visuals into mindfulness activities, encouraging children to reflect on their emotions and practice self-regulation techniques.
  • Artistic Expression: Encourage artistic expression using the visuals as inspiration for drawing, painting, or creating collages that represent different emotional states.
  • Role-Playing Activities: Use the visuals in role-playing activities where children act out scenarios related to different emotional states, promoting empathy and perspective-taking.


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