Graphing what the children think is the easiest way to squeeze mental health into your day and to find out the children's opinions of things. Graph whether or not they like certain books or graph thier favorite animals. This makes the children feel important and gives their opinions some value.
Make a class supply (or let the class make them) of feelings puppets using a paper plate or similar sized circle and a tongue depressor. On one side, draw a happy face, on the other, draw a sad face. Ask the children "feelings" questions like:
- How do you feel when your friends don't want to play with you?
- How do you feel when you share?
- How do you feel when you get a hug?
Have the children turn the puppet according to their feelings.