Understanding our Feelings and Emotions

Each of the 99 names of Allah is a dua in itself, subhan’Allah! Each has a specific benefit of recitation.  It was important for me to find a way to make this relevant, not just for ourselves, but also the kids.

I thought it would be perfect to tie Asma ul Husna with a lesson on feelings. Toddlers go through a whirlwind of emotions and feelings, all in a day.  I wanted to keep the lesson simple enough for the toddlers/preschoolers to grasp, but informative enough for the moms so that they got something out of it too. I pulled an idea from Pinterest of creating an Asma ul Husna Feelings Wheel and then simplified it to accommodate toddlers/preschoolers.

We read a story aloud about feelings, then we talked about how we were feeling today. We practiced making all sorts of faces: angry, silly, scared, jealous, sad, happy, excited, etc. Then we completed a matching worksheet activity to ensure we had a grasp of the feelings.

We then discussed how we can turn our angry, jealous, sad, scared faces into happy faces by remembering Allah and how He has the power to help us feel better. This is when we transitioned to Asma ul Husna.

I put up pictures of the various feelings we came across in our read aloud and ones students mentioned in our discussions. Then I put names of Asma ul Husna on the board that can be recited to ask Allah to help us feel better. The kids and their moms created the Asma ul Husna Feeling Wheel to take home.

Discussion Points:

  • What are you feeling today? Why?
  • How do our feelings change?
  • How do you make yourself feel better?

“Say (O Muhammad): Call upon Allah or call upon the Merciful, whichever you call upon, He has the best of names…” Holy Qur’an (17:110)

Feeling Name Meaning
Happy Alhdamdulillah (not a name of Allah) Praise God
Sad Ya Allahu
Ya Shakur
 

The Rewarder of Thankfulness

Angry Ya Subur Patient One
Sick Ya Shafi The Healer
Scared

 

Ya Hafeedh

Ya Qawiy

The Preserver

The Strong

Frustrated Ya Baari’ The Maker of Perfect Harmony
Jealous Ya Ghaffar The Forgiver
Hurt Ya Wadud The Loving

Asma ul Husna Feelings Wheel
Materials:
Paper Plates
Brad fasteners
Crayons/markers
Colored Paper
Asma ul Husna Guide
Asma ul Husna Feelings Wheel

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Read Aloud Books:
The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods that Make my Day by Jamie Lee Curtis


Printable Worksheet
Feelings Words (Free download from Teachers Pay Teachers)


Sing Along:
If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp stomp, stomp, hoo-ray!)

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