Feelings Paper Plate Craft
What does your face do when you experience different feelings?
This simple feelings craft encourages children to think about and discuss how their face can show emotion.
Mr almost-3 has been having some BIG feelings lately.
Which often result in epic meltdowns.
Which results in Mum having BIG feelings.
To try and deal with the emotional roller coaster, we’ve been naming our feelings.
This book has been helping A LOT.
Each letter of the alphabet is assigned an emotion and accompanied by a gorgeous illustration.
Aussie friends, you can purchase your copy here.
International friends, you can purchase your copy here.
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I’ve also written this post on picture books about anxiety and worrying.
To accompany the book, we used some paper plates to create a simple feelings craft.
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What to do:
My children have an insane love for painting paper plates.
So we had a session of painting paper plates. As you do.
This step is obviously optional. You do not need to paint the plates if this is going to give YOU BIG feelings.
Using a craft knife and mat, create a “window” through which the mouth will be seen.
This is a step to be completed by an adult.
I included this photo mainly to highlight that craft is all about trial and error. #keepingitreal
On a second plate, draw a variety of mouths illustrating the feelings you wish to explore.
I then trimmed this second plate down, so that it would sit neatly behind the top plate.
On a piece of card, draw eyes and cut out eyebrows.
Use split pins to secure these to your top plate.
You could draw a diverse range of eyes to illustrate different feelings.
The eyes could then be replaced with blu-tack as you discussed different emotions.
Secure your plates together with another split pin.
And because I like including as much fine motor practice into a craft activity as possible, I used a hole punch so that wool could be threaded through for hair.
Rotate the bottom plate to change emotions. Discuss what our eyes and eyebrows can do when we experience this feeling.
The above face is what I look like when we are out of milk and there is no morning coffee.
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