Blue Zone: Sadness is in the blue zone. Her body is slumped, and she has low energy. Sometimes she literally needs to be dragged around. When we notice our bodies looking limp like hers (e.g., head on desk), we may need to use a strategy to increase our energy and alertness. Sometimes our bodies need to rest, like when we are feeling sick or very sad.
Green Zone: Joy is in the green zone. She is cool, calm, regulated, and ready to take care of business! This is the goal, so when we are in the green zone, no action is necessary.
Yellow Zone: Fear is in the yellow zone. His heightened emotions and alertness are demonstrated by his tense and fidgety body, and his overreactions. When we find ourselves in the yellow zone, we need a strategy to relax, and return to the green.
Red Zone: Anger is in the red zone. He didn't catch himself early on and use a strategy, so he slipped into the red. In this zone, our emotions and alertness are extreme and we do things that are way unexpected.
This visual is a fun way to introduce The Zones in a meaningful way for younger children. The second page is black and white so the kids can color in the zones while discussing them. Download the PDF for free here.