Preschool Theme: Feelings

Last week, we learned all about different feelings.  We focused on how your face changes depending on how you are feeling and what causes you to feel certain ways.  Unfortunately, we had several kids absent (there is a bad flu going around).  We missed them, but we ended up having a good time.

I had quite a selection of books for the kids and parents to read.  We ended up reading "The Feel Good Book" by Todd Parr.  His books are fun and sweet.  He has many books on feelings.

I had quite a selection of books for the kids and parents to read. We ended up reading “The Feel Good Book” by Todd Parr. His books are fun and sweet. He has many books on feelings.

Next, I held up each of these books and we talked about how the child on the cover feels.  We also talked about what makes you feel this way...

Next, I held up each of these books and we talked about how the child on the cover feels. We also talked about what makes you feel this way…

And now our centers….

I had a play dough station that had a mat with a head on it.  The kids could create a different face displaying a feeling, create different letters, or just play away!

I had a play dough station that had a mat with a head on it. The kids could create a different face displaying a feeling, create different letters, or just play away!

For this center, I wanted the kids to discuss cause and effect.

For this center, I wanted the kids to discuss cause and effect.

On one side I wrote different situations, such as "you fall off your bike" and "you can't figure out how to button your coat"

On one side I wrote different situations, such as “you fall off your bike” and “you can’t figure out how to button your coat” and “your friend meets you at the park”

On the other side, I had an arrow and a ton of different feelings.  The parent read the first card and asked the child how that situation would make them feel.  This was a great introduction to what can be a very complicated topic!

On the other side, I had an arrow and a ton of different feelings. The parent read the first card and asked the child how that situation would make them feel. This was a great introduction to what can be a very complicated topic!

Not feeling related, but I had a letter stamping center for a review.

Not “feeling” related, but I had a letter stamping center for a review.

Another, unrelated center was this math and spanish center.  You can find the printable here.  It has the numbers 1-5 listed in English on one side and Spanish on the other.

Another, unrelated center was this Math and Spanish center. It has the numbers 1-5 listed in English on one side and Spanish on the other.  I printed it out, cut out the numbers and applied velcro to each side.

Here is the printable for the last center:

Number Words 1-10 in English-Spanish

This station was so much fun! I saw something similiar to this on Pinterest.  I search through my massive magazine collection for different parts of the face and tried to find a variety of faces and feelings.  I cut them out and laminated them.  I attached magnets to the back of each piece.  Kids could create different faces representing different feelings.

This station was so much fun! I saw something similiar to this all over Pinterest. I search through my massive magazine collection for different parts of the face and tried to find a variety of faces and feelings. I cut them out and laminated them. I attached magnets to the back of each piece. Kids could create different faces representing different feelings.  I plan on adding to the center as I find different faces.

Our craft..

We created faces out of paper plates.  The mouths of each face can be changed to change the feeling of the face.

We created faces out of paper plates. The mouths of each face can be changed to change the feeling of the face.

This was BY FAR the most complicated craft that I have created.  Once, I got the hang of it though it was really quick to prepare. They turned out really cute and I love how they are interactive.  I would for sure do this again, maybe with more facial decorations.

Materials, for each child:

  • One paper plate (For the top layer), with a shape, larger than a mouth cut out of it and a hole in the center
  • One paper plate (For the bottom layer), with the shape from the top layer traced on it in three different places and a hole in the center
  • One popsicle stick (optional, but makes it easier to turn the plate and makes it like a mask)
  • One bracket
  • Face decorating materials ( I used eyes, yarn for hair, and markers)
  • Glue
The kids decorated the top plate to look like a face.  Then they though about three different mouths that they wanted on their face.  Most of the kids made a happy, sad, and worried-looking mouth.

The kids decorated the top plate to look like a face, with the bracket as the nose. Then they thought about three different mouths that they wanted on their face. Most of the kids made a happy, sad, and worried-looking mouth.  They wrote these mouths into the three areas that were traced on the bottom layer.

When they attached the top and the bottom layers together, they could spin the bottom layer around to have their face show different feelings.

When they attached the top and the bottom layers together, they could spin the bottom layer around to have their face show different feelings.  We didn’t end up having an ending circle time, but if we had, I would have had the kids sit with their faces and give them different situations and they could show how that situation made their faces feel.

I had so much fun with this topic! This is a topic that can be adjusted to cover a variety of different levels and ages.  I thought that our class was a great introduction.  Enjoy!

~Miss Jenny

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