“I feel sick”, “I feel MAD”, “I’m shaking”, “I’m excited” – these are just some of the feelings children and young people expressed in the making of the AGENDA case studies as they learned and wanted to do something about the injustice, harm and violence in the world.
As one Welsh primary schools motto reads: “it’s ok, not to be ok”. But how do we make a space for feeling, naming and expressing the emotions in our change-making activities?
“Felt Feelings” is something you can use before, alongside or following any of the activities in the AGENDA resource. For more ideas, try out the Moody Jarsand Mood Strips.
2: Make a list of all the feelings you can think of. This emotions-dictionary might help you get started. Write them in the ‘feeling’ column or use emojis.
3: Choose a colour for each feeling (e.g. blue for pain, orange for mad etc.). Pull out the coloured felt (using hands or a wire brush) and glue next to the feeling, or, use coloured pens if this is too tricky.
4: Using the rest of the felt, shred, matt together and press your felt to make your Felt Feeling Cloud.
5: Cut out your Felt Feeling Cloud and hang in a place of your choice (e.g. from the classroom ceiling). You could stick the feelings column on the back of your cloud.
6: If you want to get more creative in crafting with felt, try wet felting or make a felt fabric collage with messages for change (see Runway 4 Change and What Jars You starter activities). Choose and blend different coloured felts with the emotions you feel in your change-making felt artefact.
Listen and move to the soundtrack “I FEEL” from the EveryBODY Matters case study.
Beautiful new words to describe emotions:
SONDER– when you realise that other’s lives are as complex and unknowable as our own
PRONOIA– A strange, creeping feeling that everyone’s out to help you.
MUDITA– to capture an experience of joy felt on hearing of someone else’s good fortune.
FLASHOVER– the moment a conversation becomes real and alive
LIGET– is the name given to an angry energy which fuels human and non-humans alike by the Phillipines IIlongot tribe. Anger is sometimes seen as a negative emotion, but for Ilongot, Liget speaks above all of optimism and vitality.
AMBEDO – a kind of trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details
Before you begin adapting this activity for the children and young people in your setting, read the section on Safety and Support.