Recognising emotional facial features is one of the first steps your child will take in learning about emotions in themselves and others. Here’s a fun activity to assist them in developing this important skill.

A Note for Your Kiddo:

Recognising facial expressions is one of the first steps in learning to recognise and understand emotions in yourself and other people.

Our facial expression changes when we feel different emotions. When people look at our face they can tell what we are feeling (most of the time.)

When we experience emotions our eyes, eyebrows and mouth change shape. Our nostrils might flare and our skin might change colour.

Here are some of the words you might hear that describe how your facial features change to suit your mood- smile, frown, gasp, clench teeth, squint, open-wide, stare, scrunch, grimace, stretch, raise, etc.

In the downloadable link, you will find a playdough activity to help you recognise emotional facial expressions.

Let’s Get Playing

Equipment Needed: 

Playdough, 7 printed face cards (can choose to laminate if you like), a small mirror or hand mirror.

What to do:

Step 1 – Grab your play dough

Step 2 – Read the emotion at the top of the card and the description down the bottom.

Step 3 – Make the emotional facial expression into the mirror and look at how your face changes.

Step 4 – Make the facial features that you are seeing in the mirror out of playdough by rolling, moulding, squeezing or shaping. Then place them on the face card.

Step 5 – Talk to someone in your family about a time you have felt that emotion.

Have fun!

Click below to get your 7 faces to start playing.

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