The game and the management of emotions
Managing emotions is often something we think we know but are often misunderstood. It is a very good thing to learn to control your emotions. However, did you know that toddler brains are too immature to do it alone? The child will need help and support at different times to show him what to do. Playing different games about emotions allows the child to decode emotions (in him and others), how to react in an acceptable way when he experiences different emotions (e.g. I can't hit someone when I'm angry, but I can kick a pillow) and different strategies to help him control his emotions. Children also learn by observing. When you, as parents, experience your emotions, you become an example for your child. You become a model that normalizes emotions in different contexts and you show them how it is possible to react. It's not always easy to control yourself, even as an adult, but you have the opportunity to show your children concrete examples of managing emotions.
When you're dealing with emotions, take the time to show your child what he can do. There are different ways, different solutions to calm the emotions (without stifling them). The goal is not to get rid of the emotion but simply to help the child come back to himself when the emotions take over. Also, every child is different. Stuff you use with one may not work with the other. It is even worth chatting with your children, before an emotional moment arises, in order to see with them the means they like, what calms them and where they can go (definite quiet corner). The different tricks can also depend on the emotion experienced.
In conclusion, here are some games that I think are great for working on emotions with your children:
Danika Shields, psychoeducator