Skill Building: In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (PK-2)

In My Heart

Written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey

Pre- Reading Questions 

  1. What are some feelings that you felt today?
  2. What might your feelings be trying to tell you?
  3. How do you deal with your feelings when they are challenging or unpleasant?
  4. How are feelings different from one another (e.g., How is feeling sad different from feeling angry?)
  5. If sad were a color what color would it be? What about angry or excited?

Post- Reading Questions

  1. What does the author mean when they describe the heart feeling different emotions?
  2. What did you notice about the way the author described the feelings in the book?
  3. In the story the little girl compared her heart to a house; what does she mean?
  4. How do feelings shift and change throughout the book?

Creative Enrichment Activity: What's In Your Heart? (PK-2)


In the book In My Heart, we read about different types of feelings that all people experience. At different points, we might feel happy, brave, mad, calm, hurt, sad, hopeful, afraid, silly, shy or any number of different feelings that we have and can see on our mood meter.

Download the Template


  • Heart templates printed on cardstock (one per student)
  • Color pencils/crayons/markers
  • Cardstock

Duration: 30 minutes (for staff: 5 pre-activity set up, 5-minute prep)

  • 5 minutes: Introduce the activity using the book and examples
  • 15 minutes: Color in the feelings on the heart template
  • 5 minutes: Clean up
  • 5 minutes: Reflect


  1. Introduce the activity using the book and the examples. 
  2. Younger students will use the template that has lines in the heart. Older students will use the template without lines. 
  3. Have students do an emotional check-in and think about how they are currently feeling. Have them think about if they are feeling multiple emotions. Take three deep breaths together. 
  4. Pick a color that goes with each emotion and draw it next to that emotion/emoji. 
  5. Color your heart with how you are feeling right now. 
    1. For example: if you choose yellow to show “happy” are you feeling a little bit happy right now? Color one or two squares. Are you feeling extremely happy right now? Color more squares. 
    2. Repeat for as many emotions as they are currently feeling. 
  6. Clean up the materials. 
  7. Reflect.

Reflection Questions

  • What feelings did you color in your heart? 
  • What feeling did you color the most? 
  • Share your heart with the person sitting next to you? 
  • How did it feel to do this activity? 
  • Why is it important to think about our feelings?
Activity Sample
Activity Sample