Feelings Poems

This activity can be done as a group or by individual children over several days. Choose a feeling. Children can write the word on their paper. The teacher writes down children's comments about that feeling. Later the teacher can form the comments into a poem. They don't have to rhyme, just make it less of a story and more of a sing-songy read.


dictates for adults to write

writes some letters or traces letters

Easel Feelings

Draw a simple face on the easel paper for the children to decorate freely with the paint.


demonstrates self-direction

expresses own interests

Puppet Feelings

Provide paper plates or bags for the children to decorate with faces. Later put on a puppet show where you narrate a story and let the children act it out with their puppets. Be sure to talk to the children about why their puppets feel the way they do.


draws representations

engages in role play

Band-aid Bodies

Provide small body outlines and a box of dot band-aids. Children take turns putting a band-aid on a part of the pictures and talking about a time they got a bo-bo there. Write their stories on the pages and hang them for the parents to read. They really love it!


aware of name and location of body parts

Smile a Mile

Measure each child's smile with yarn. Give them the cut length to glue to a circle cutout as the mouth. Provide markers or crayons to finish the face on their own.



Feeling Patterns

On a set of poker chips draw a smile face on one side and a frown on the other. Give a set to each child. The teacher makes a pattern such as smile, frown, smile, frown, and the children try to copy the pattern. Older children may enjoy making their own patterns for classmates to copy. Younger children may do better with extending a pattern that the teacher creates.

For older children, use picture cards and have the make patterns by determining how the picture makes them feel. For example, teddy bear makes me happy, monster makes me scared, flowers make me happy, spider makes me scared, etc.


copies patterns

Feelings Coin Sort

Create feelings coins by drawing feeling faces on circles cut from tag board (stiff cardboard or mat board). Make several of each type of feeling and place them in a small gift bag or pillow case. Children can take one coin from bag, name it, and sort it into piles on the table.


sorts by attributes

Emotion Mask

Cut eye-holes out of paper plates. Encourage children to make a mask that represents a particular feeling. Be sure to encourage older children to come up with some complicated ones. Give them examples and provide mirrors for them to look at while they work. Have them pay attention to what happens to their own faces and their friends' faces when they are showing that emotion. Point out how the eyes, mouth and sometimes even the nose and cheeks change for each feeling. Later in the day you could have each child model their plate mask and see if the other children can guess what the feeling is. Give clues if they can't guess it.


makes observations

uses scientific words and phrases

Play dough Faces

Cut out blank faces outlines from stiff cardboard and cover with clear contact paper. Provide play dough for the children to use to make facial features to put on the faces.


rolls, manipulates dough