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that help young children understand that:
1. Feelings are neither good nor bad
- they just are.
2. Sometimes we feel more than one feeling
at a time.
3. Our feelings change over time. They come
4. Often we feel something but we don't know
5. Feelings are normal. Everyone has
For songs and rhymes about feelings and emotions
take a peek at the related theme,
You're Happy and You Know It
Help youngsters control
their anger with this activity from Barbara G.
table and clay, tape recorder and tapes of music.
aside a corner of the room specifically for the children to go
when they are having
trouble controlling their emotions. Put big pillows on the floor. Also,
put clay on the table so they can pound out their anger and a headphone
system so they can dance their anger away!
or Anger Control Center
gives children an area that is a safe place for them to calm down in when
they are frustrated, angry or sad.
ball - made from balloons & flour, paper bags - lunch size work best,
a soft pillow, potato or carrot, and a set of hand prints.
center is a area that is to be used very sparingly.
Comments: We have used
this area with children when we are having anger
problems and this seems to calm them down. Use it sparely
or they will want to go too frequently.
The stress ball can
be used by children to help them calm down after an argument etc.
The paper bag can be
used for angry words or words that not allowed in the classroom (such as
hate or bathroom words). Let children put their angry words inside the
paper bag and throw them away when they are done. Explain that the
words are gone and we can't hear them anymore.
A soft pillow can be
used for hitting or simply resting on.
The potato or carrot
can be used for children who are having a problem with biting. Tell
them if then have to bite try the potato or the carrot. After a time or
two of coming to this area they under stand that they may bite food not
A set of hand prints
can be used for a Anger Wall.
Put the hand prints on the wall at a child's level. Explain: When you are
angry go to the Anger Wall and
push where the hands are. Children can use this area to vent their
frustrations and gets rid of some negative energy.
To help children
that have a hard time leaving their parents and do a lot of crying (and
really don't stop for a long time) Barb S. uses this chart.
Materials: Make a
chart with your computer or by using a ruler. Put the days
they are present
and break up the day until the time they leave. You will also need
smiley face stickers
or stamps and bigger stickers to put on the bottom if they
don't cry all day.
Description: I make
my chart; you can make it on the computer or use a ruler.
Comments: We had
a child that always cried. He even cried with his grandpa who
watched him on the
days that he did not come to daycare. I used this chart and it
helped with his
crying. He also knew when it was almost time to go home and when
the week was almost
up. It seem to help him at the daycare and at home.
Board Idea: We Are Nuts About Preschool
Here is a Fall bulletin
board idea from Marianne K. which incorporates different emotions.
paper bags- You need 4 bags, acorn shapes -colored by children
Description: We are
nuts about Preschool!
Make a tree with
brown paper bags. Just open the grocery bag and cut the bag so that you
have the 2 large panels & 2 smaller panels. You do not need the
bottom of the bag. Use the large panels for the trunk of the tree. For
the branches use the side panels. Cut them in to 2 to 3 inch strips and
twist them tightly for branches. Have the children color acorn shapes.
They may add faces and their names. On our board we have happy, sad
and silly faces.
Comments: It is a
neat idea for a fall tree and it works for leaves and apples also.
to express their emotions, through a visual aid is the aim of this large
group / circle time activity by Caryn B.
Materials: A cube made clear
plastic, which photos can be stuck into, (photo cube) or a wooden cube,
with laminated photos glued to the outside. Photographs of a child's face
(not from your group), showing emotions such as anger, happiness, sadness
A small mirror glued
to one side of the cube
are placed inside of or glued to the cube. At circle time,
the cube is passed
around and the children chose an expression which matches how
they are feeling today.
The mirror can be used to help the child study their own face and what
features of theirs are an indication of how they are feeling - e.g.: sad
mouth, grumpy eyes, tears etc.
suggests this early childhood activity to help young children express different
emotions and feelings.
plates, tongue depressors, stapler, wiggly eyes, yarn, markers or crayons
1. Cut yarn
into small pieces for hair or eye glasses.
2. Give each
child a plate with a tongue depressor stapled on the bottom as the
3. Help the
children make faces on the plates using the eyes, markers, yarn, etc.
let each child choose a feeling (happy, sad, scared, worried) or
have every child make the same feeling.
5. Let the
children play act with the masks.
6. When the
masks are finished this makes a good circle time activity. Each child
puts his mask in front of his face and names something that makes him feel
feeling. Example; I feel sad when my brother takes my toy.
Comments: Most children
will need a little help getting started expressing their feelings.
However, once started they really get into it. It can be a great
insight into the behavior of some children.
says, "The objective of this plan is to help children learn to deal with
Materials: The materials
needed for this project are the children and their feelings.
young children learn how to manage their anger without becoming
aggressive or violent.
Ask the children what makes them really mad. What's it
like to feel mad?
What do they want to do when they are mad? Tell the children
that you have an
idea of a way to deal with their angry feelings:
Stop what you are doing.
2. Take two
3. Count to
4. Say how
6. Try to
work it out.
and kindergarten youngsters to begin to express their feelings in words
and to recognize the feelings of others with this book from Heather.
Materials: 6 half
sheets of paper per child, stapled together.
Newsweek, Time, or any
other magazines with faces of people showing different
says, I feel happy when___________.
The next page says,
feel sad when__________.
The third page says,
feel angry when________.
The next page says,
feel excited when_______.
The fifth page says,
feel scared when_______.
The last page says,
feel silly when__________.
activity can be done in a small group in the classroom.
I start by reading
a book to the children about feelings. There are many wonderful books,
such as, How Are You Peeling? by Saxton Freymann
and Joost Elffers
Way I Feel by Janan Cain.
Show the children
the book, read the sentence and let the children help finish it. Write
the words that the children dictate. I often have to prompt the children
to think of certain situations; birthday parties, thunderstorm, etc.
When we finish the
book, we go through
the magazines looking for pictures to cut out and glue in the book on the
Comment: The children
really like looking through grown-up magazines. This also helps them
to begin to communicate their feelings. We always talk about things
can do when they
feel sad, angry, scared, etc.
Books Dealing with Anger
from Tricia M.
Written by Rachel
Vail and Illustrated by Yumi Heo
I Feel Angry
Cornelia Maude Spelman and Illustrated by Nancy Cole
Sophie Gets Angry - Really Really Angry
Written by Molly
Books Dealing With Feelings
I Like To Curl Up In A Ball
Vicki Churchill and Illustrated by Charles Fuge
I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day
Jamie Lee Curtis and Illustrated by Laura Cornell
This activity by
M. helps develop categorization, matching and interpretation
pictures of people with different facial expressions and
pictures of places,
things or activities cut from magazines.
up an assortment of pictures cut from magazines of different
a variety of emotions. Then, gather an equal amount of pictures of
places, events and things. Ask children to match the happy, sad,
frightened or angry people with the pictures that show something that might
have caused the person to feel that way. Encourage each child to
explain why he or she made the choice.
Are You Feeling?
helps children recognize their own feelings, and the feelings of others.
with some good pictures of faces, cards to glue pictures on, cardboard
for handles. sticky tape, scissors, glue, and a brightly colored box.
the children to look for faces in the magazine which show
laughing, happy, sad etc., Ask them to cut around the faces and
stick onto the cards.
Adults ensure that a handle is placed on the back of the card. Put the
faces into the box, then encourage the children to choose a mask from the
box. Help them to describe the emotion that their mask is displaying.
Comment: You can
also extend the activity by making happy and sad faces out of playdough,
paper plates and collages.
Children use fine
motor control and creativity during this emotion activity by
who talks with youngsters about feeling happy & sad.
Materials: 2 paper
plates, lollipop or craft stick and paint.
the children to paint themselves happy on one plate and on the
other plate, sad.
When both plates are dry, glue together with the lollipop stick (craft
stick) stuck in the middle so that the children can turn the plates to
when they are happy
Comments: The children
love this and it shows the teacher whether a child can
identify where their
facial features belong.
Don't Tell - Feeling Partners
Jan T. encourages
young children to show rather than
an emotion. As youngsters
perform in front
of a peer audience they create and cooperate in small groups. Other children
practice being attentive audience members.
face stickers or laminated faces that clearly depict various
emotions (e.g.. happy, sad, sleepy, scared, surprised, mad,).
1. First we
rehearse the emotions in a large group. I remind the children often
that they can't use words but have to show the feelings.
2. Then we play
a kind of charade game. I give each 'actor' a secret card or
sticker. They act out the feeling on the 'stage' area, while the
guesses what they are. I make sure all the feelings they will be
are acted out.
3. Next, I
give each child a secret card, making sure that there are at least
two of each emotion. Their task is to find their feeling partner
in the room
while staying in character. (No talking! Don't tell anyone how you
act it out!)
the feeling partners (or small groups) rehearse a little 'skit' on
their own that they present to the audience afterwards. The skit
acting out a story (without dialogue) that illustrates the feeling on their
card. For example if the card is 'sad', they might create a little
getting hurt in a playground or losing something that makes one or more
To develop preschool
and kindergarten children's ability to rhyme Jeanine M. encourages
youngsters to create silly sentences that fill the classroom with giggles.
paper and markers or White board and dry erase markers.
Write a sentence on the board or paper but omit the last word. The children
complete the sentence by providing a word that rhymes with the target word
(underline the target word or draw a picture of it). The word can make
the sentence silly as long as it rhymes.
A "cat" wearing
a _____________. (hat, mat, bat)
A "bug" on the
_______________. (rug, slug, jug)
A "goat" on a
________________. (boat, coat, float)
I saw a "bee" fly
on a __________. (tree, knee, flea)
Comments: This game
is best played with an air of silliness as the children love to make silly
During this funny
art activity from Dawn, children use fine motor control as they
cut and paste to create facial expressions.
Materials: Old magazines,
scissors, paper and glue.
on the objective you choose for this activity, you will want to talk to
the children about different facial expressions and how they relate to
the way someone is feeling. Show them some examples by having them guess
which of the faces you make look like you are happy, sad etc. Students
could even go into pairs and do this with a partner for a few minutes.
Activity: Look though
magazines and cut out as many eyes, noses, mouths, ears and
hair as you can.
Children then pick and choose to create different faces that they then
glue on their paper. Additional details can be drawn on, such as shoulders,
if desired. Older students can write a word or a sentence to go with their
Comments: Kids find
this activity really funny!
children use expressive language when discussing emotions during this activity
by Jodi L.
masks and a selection of music.
different feeling masks and hand mirrors. Then ask the kids to make those
faces when you hold up the mask. If able, generate ideas of things that
might make them feel that way (e.g. happy - mom, puppy, playing outside;
sad - broken toy; etc.)
Let the kids see
their faces in the mirrors. Put on some feeling music (e.g. salsa,
funeral march) and move to the music with that feeling (e.g. stomp feet
for mad, dance for happy) Finish off with If
You're Happy and You Know It.
Hand Puppet Pattern