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5 Easy Crafts That Spark Conversations About Emotions

Crafts provide a fun and engaging way to explore and discuss emotions with young children. By creating art related to different feelings, children can learn to recognize, label, and express their emotions effectively.

Here are five easy crafts that will inspire conversations about emotions and foster healthy emotional intelligence in young children.

Emotion Masks:

Materials needed: Paper plates, craft sticks, markers, scissors, glue


Cut the paper plates in half to create the mask shape.

Using markers, draw different facial expressions on each mask half to represent various emotions such as happy, sad, angry, surprised, and excited.

Glue a craft stick to the bottom of each mask half to create a handle.

Encourage your child to hold up each mask and discuss the corresponding emotion. Ask questions like, "When do you feel happy? What makes you feel sad?"

Role-play different scenarios and have your child hold up the appropriate mask to match the emotions experienced in each situation.

Emotion Collage:

Materials needed: Magazines, scissors, glue, construction paper


Give your child a stack of magazines and ask them to cut out pictures of people expressing different emotions.

Provide a piece of construction paper as the base for the collage.

Encourage your child to arrange and glue the pictures onto the construction paper, creating a visual representation of various emotions.

As you work together, discuss each emotion depicted in the collage and ask your child to share personal experiences related to those emotions.

Feelings Faces Puppets:

Materials needed: Craft sticks, colored paper, markers, scissors, glue


Cut out oval-shaped faces from colored paper.

Using markers, draw different facial expressions on each face to represent various emotions.

Glue the faces onto craft sticks to create puppets.

Encourage your child to use the puppets to role-play different emotions and scenarios.

Ask open-ended questions like, "What would make your puppet feel happy? How would your puppet react if they were scared?"

Emotion Stones:

Materials needed: Smooth stones, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, clear varnish (optional)


Collect smooth stones of various sizes.

Wash and dry the stones thoroughly.

Paint each stone with a different color to represent a specific emotion. For example, yellow for happiness, blue for sadness, and red for anger.

Once the paint is dry, you can add facial expressions using markers or paintbrushes.

Optional: Apply a coat of clear varnish to protect the painted stones.

Use the emotion stones during discussions about feelings. Ask your child to select a stone that represents how they're feeling and share why.

Emotion Journal:

Materials needed: Blank journal or notebook, markers, colored pencils, stickers


Provide your child with a blank journal or notebook dedicated to their emotion journal.

Encourage them to decorate the cover using markers, colored pencils, and stickers.

Each day, have your child draw or write about their emotions and experiences. Ask questions like, "How did you feel today? Why did you feel that way?"

Use the journal as a tool for ongoing discussions about emotions and to help your child develop self-awareness.

By fostering open discussions, children can gain a better understanding of their feelings, learn empathy, and develop the skills needed to navigate the complexities of emotions as they grow.

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