Help children identify emotions and feelings with this simple activity. Social-emotional skills are important to the developing child. These skills help determine the rest of their lives. When these skills form, they help children communicate, self-regulate and become problem solvers.
To help children identify their emotions, put together this activity and ask them to fill in the faces. Have them draw facial expressions to represent emotions such as happy, sad, angry, etc. This helps children identify emotions as well as work on fine motor skills when performing the task.
You will need:
- One cup (blank is best)
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Scissors/Exact-o Knife
- White card stock paper
- Template for cup cover found HERE
If you do not have a blank cup, wrap the cup in white card stock paper to cover any markings you may have (Template found above – adjust as needed). Have students color the faces of their emotions directly on the blank cup
Once the strip of faces is colored in, wrap another layer of card stock with a hole around the cup. Be sure all faces are lined up and the hole reveals the faces at the proper point. Be careful not to tape the top cover to the cup. This will give you the ability to rotate the cup to reveal the faces. Design the outer edge of the overlay in a fall themed item. For this example, we used a pumpkin. Consider using a witch, ghost or spider for further options.
This project can be made year round with other yearly themes. The possibilities are endless!