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Preschool Feelings Theme Art
Happy Face, Sad Face
Materials Needed: small paper plate or circle shape per child, crayons, large craft stick per child, hand mirror
The children look in the mirror and make a happy face. They draw themselves on one side of the plate or circle including eyes, nose, hair and smiling mouth.
On the opposite side they draw themselves with a sad face.
Glue craft stick on the bottom.
EXTENSION: Use these at circle time or a large/small group time later in the day asking questions about feelings. They turn their "faces" to show the side that corresponds to the question or statement.
Examples: You need to go to bed early. Are you happy or sad?
You find your favorite toy that you thought was lost. Are you happy or sad?
Paint a Feeling
Materials Needed: Paint, brushes and paper!
This is a completely free art choice. Just let them paint! No expectations, no "adult decided" outcome! When they are done, ask them to name their picture with a feeling.
"Let's name our pictures with a feeling. When you were painting today, how were you feeling, happy, sad, angry, scared, etc. and why"
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Go crackers over this snack! No? My attempt at some humor.
Ingredients and Items needed: Round crackers, slices of cheese, shredded cheese, raisins, paper plates.
The children arrange crackers as facial features on the paper plate and use the raisins for eyes, nostrils, etc. and shredded cheese for smiles and/or hair!
English Muffin Pizzas
The children use the toppings to make faces on the sauce before cooking!
Preschool Feelings Theme Activities To Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and the Small Muscles In Their Hands!
Shape Feeling Faces
Materials: Provide large paper plates and scraps of construction paper, scissors and glue.
The children use the scraps to design their own Feeling face.
VARIATION: You may want to pre-cut facial features for the children to choose from.
Sort the Feelings
Materials: In advance, cut out and laminate faces with different feelings (these could be from clip art, magazines or copies of pictures of the children throughout the year).
Provide several bowls or bins. Encourage the children sort the faces by feeling.
Keep in mind that they may sort by other attributes such as hair color, skin color, eye color, etc. This should be encouraged! Visual discrimination is a great skill to develop. Some children may not be able to identify or properly "translate" facial features. That is a developing skill.
What you could do if they sort by attributes other than feelings, is point one of them out and discuss it:
"You're right! That child does have blue eyes! Hmmm, look at her face. How do you think she feels?"..if no response add, "Happy? Sad?"...you get the picture!
Preschool Feelings Theme Activities For Your Sand and Water Table!
Water and Textures
Add different textured items to your water table (cotton ball, pom pom, sand paper, etc.). Although this is more of a Five Senses idea, the children can name how the items feel (rough, soft) and if they like the feeling or not like the feeling.
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