21 Helpful Feelings Worksheets for Kids, Teens & Adults

Worksheets can help therapists and individuals deal with strong emotions. Learn more.

This is a word art image that lists feelings, similar to what an emotions list or feelings wheel might include.

Big emotions can be overwhelming. They may be frightening, or lead to behavioral and relationship struggles. The opposite can be difficult as well – many people learn to shut off feelings, or don’t even realize when they’re having them. This can cause problems down the road.


Feelings worksheets are a tool that therapists and individuals can use to help understand and deal with emotions. Some focus on recognizing core feelings, like feelings wheels, and others help people learn to accept or cope with their experiences.


Need a resource right away? Skip ahead and check out our emotions wheel kit here.


Here’s a look at 21 worksheets about working with feelings and related topics like emotional regulation, coping with anxiety, and dealing with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The emotions wheel kit includes a feelings wheel, blank feelings wheel, and an option to create your own.

Emotion Wheels & Feelings Wheels

Feelings wheels, which are typically color-coded, are a popular place to start. To discuss emotions, it helps to have a common language. Many people are only aware of a few emotions, such as happy, sad, and angry.


There are several other core emotions, as well as offshoots of these. Core emotions, according to well-known expert Robert Plutchik (Plutchik, 1982), include:


  • Fear

  • Anger

  • Disgust

  • Surprise

  • Anticipation

  • Trust

  • Joy

  • Sadness

The Robert Plutchik emotion wheel, available in the public domain.

Plutchik organized the feelings in a circle as a way of showing how emotions connect to each other. Therapists and others have taken this idea and run with it – leading to the creation of hundreds of color-coded emotions wheels.


These tools are often used to help people visually see, understand, and identify what they’re feeling.


Here are a few feelings wheels to choose from that included activities for yourself or clients as well. I’ve included various types of wheels and activities to choose from.


Feelings Wheel & List Check-In

Best for: Kids and Teens

Available from: Teachers Pay Teachers

This resource includes a wheel and feelings list with emojis, offering a reader-friendlier and lighter version of the wheel. It’s a good fit for kids and younger teens.


Emotions Wheel Kit, Focused on Coping

Best for: Older Children, Teens, & Adults

Available from: The Counseling Palette

Our emotion wheel kit includes a basic wheel, which includes common core emotions along with physical sensations and coping skills. The kit includes worksheets, so clients and others can fill out blank sections as they like.


The tool can be used as a way to understand feelings as well as a coping tool down the road. It’s a good activity for groups as well. Learn more about the kit here.


Traditional Emotions Wheel

Best for: Older Teens, Adults

Available from: FeelingsWheel.com


This version of the feelings wheel may be the most familiar to many. It includes hundreds of emotions, broken down from primary emotions into broader sections. It doesn’t include activity instructions, however it can be a good reference list for therapists or others who want to offer options to choose from.

Word art is a good way to express feelings and a fun and effective emotions activity for all ages.

Feelings Lists

Similar to emotion wheels, feelings lists can help people start to identify and understand emotions. They are often quite long, a page or several pages, so it’s unlikely a feeling will be missed. These worksheets include the list format.


Basic Emotions

Best for: Teens, Adults

Available from Therapist Aid

This is a well-organized list that breaks basic emotions down by category of four primary emotions. Included are: happiness, sadness, anger and fear. Each section has 10 additional feelings words.


Big List of Feelings Words!

Best for: Kids, Younger Teens

Available from: Teachers Pay Teachers

This is a one-page list that’s easy to read and has a bit of flare mixed in. Emojis help the list feel more accessible, and it may be a solid tool for younger kids.


Feelings Poster for Teens

Best for: Pre Teens, Younger Teens

Available from: Teachers Pay Teachers


If you’re looking for a visual tool for teens, this may be it. It includes teen characters acting out various emotions, with the feelings listed underneath. It can be a quick reference or part of a larger activity.


Word Art

Best for: Kids, Teens, Adults

Available from Word Art

This one isn't a pre-made worksheet, but if you or your clients have online access, you can create a custom feelings word image, similar to the cover photo.

Feelings thermometers are often used by therapists and teachers to help people identify when emotions become strong or overwhelming.

Emotion Thermometers

Emotion thermometers are often taught to help kids and teens understand the fluctuation of emotions. It’s a helpful activity that you can do even without a worksheet.


Kids can draw thermometers and fill them up depending on how strong the feeling is. For example, a little bit angry may only fill around 10% of the thermometer, while ready to punch someone would be at or near 100%.


These worksheets use the thermometer or similar techniques. They are compatible with therapies like CBT as well as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, or TF-CBT.


Emotion Thermometer

Best for: Kids, Teens

Available from: Therapist Aid

This is a straightforward tool that includes thermometers to fill out for common emotions. It includes happy, sad, angry, worn out, worried, and annoyed.


Feelings Thermometer Poster/Handout

Best for: Kids, Teens, Adults

Available from: Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health

This may not technically be considered a worksheet, but it’s an attractive and effective tool that includes coping actions relating to each difficult emotion.


Emotional Regulation

It can be tricky when teaching about feelings, because we want a balance between accepting them and managing them. Validation and learning to allow feelings is one of the important parts of healing for issues like anxiety, depression, and PTSD.


However, sometimes feeling out of control can interfere with recovery. It can also begin to cause problems at home, work, or school. So in daily life, it can help to have some methods to calm down quickly and get back to the moment.


These tools include techniques to help with regulating feelings when needed.


Strong Emotions Worksheet

Best for: Older teens, adults

Available from: The Counseling Palette


Our emotions worksheet focuses on regulating overwhelming feelings. Often people avoid recovery from anxiety, PTSD or alcohol due to a fear of the unknown.


The 3-page worksheet walks through how to ride out emotions if possible, or cope with them when they become overwhelming. You can check out the individual worksheet here, or get it with the larger bundle.


PLEASE Worksheet

Best for: Teens, Adults

Available from: PsychPoint

DBT uses a technique called PLEASE for emotion regulation. It stands for treating physical illness, balanced eating, avoiding substances, sleeping enough, and exercising regularly. The idea is that by addressing these physical issues, emotion regulation will become a little easier.

The CBT triangle worksheet teaches the process of challenging thoughts and changing emotions, step by step.

Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

In cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the cognitive triangle (or CBT triangle) is often used to teach about emotions. Feelings are part of a triad, including thoughts and behaviors as well.


The idea is that a thought often becomes a feeling, which leads into a behavior, and then cycles back into a thought. Most often, CBT therapists teach about intervening at the thought, however managing feelings and changing behaviors come into play as well.


These worksheets use the CBT triangle and other techniques to help teach about emotions.


CBT Triangle Worksheet

Best for: Older Kids, Teens, Adults

Available from: The Counseling Palette

Practice identifying thoughts, feelings and behaviors, as well as changing them through CBT techniques. This worksheet has examples as well as open spaces for you or clients to practice understanding and changing emotions. Access it here for free.


Traditional Cognitive Triangle Worksheet

Best for: Teens, Adults

Available from: University of Washington

You may have already seen this commonly used and straightforward CBT worksheet. If you’re looking for a simple, no-frills option, this is it.

Feelings worksheets can help kids, teens, and adults deal with emotions.

Feelings Worksheets by Age Group

Looking for materials for a specific group you work with, or for your child or yourself? Here are more options broken down by age group.


Worksheets for Kids

Some of the worksheets above are appropriate for kids, but often it helps to have materials specifically geared for various age ranges. Here’s a list of some popular tools based on grade or age level.


Body Language and Identifying Emotions, at Teachers Pay Teachers

Multiple Feelings and Emotions Worksheets, at Teachers Pay Teachers

Kindergarten Emotions Worksheet, at K5 Learning


Worksheets for Teens

Often teens respond to tools for both younger and older audiences. Many of the worksheets above may work for this audience. However, here are some tools that are specifically designed with adolescents in mind.


Emotional Intelligence Worksheets for Teens, at Ohio.gov

Anger Assessment Worksheet, at Teachers Pay Teachers

DBT Emotion Regulation Skills, at Teachers Pay Teachers


Worksheets for Adults

Feelings worksheets geared for adults can be a bit harder to come by. Many include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques. DBT therapists can also overlap and use tools relating to CBT, which is a core part of DBT.


Here are various worksheets created for adults that cover emotions, regulating, and specific recovery topics.


Grounding Stone Mindfulness Kit, at The Counseling Palette

DBT Therapy Skills Workbook, at Amazon

Emotion Regulation Skills, at Therapist Aid


More Feelings and Mental Health Resources

The CBT Worksheet bundle can help with symptoms of anxiety and PTSD and includes 30 pages of worksheets.

Emotions are a good place to start when it comes to coping, feeling better, and dealing with mental health. To find more resources, check out our store that includes worksheets and downloads on anxiety, PTSD, mindfulness tools, and more. Visit here to find resources.



Sources

Plutchik, R. (1982). A psychoevolutionary theory of emotions. Social Science Information. 21: 529-553.https://doi.org/10.1177/053901882021004003