Friday, January 14, 2011

January 16-22: Feelings

Next week's theme is Feelings!









Book Suggestions:

The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberly
Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Today I feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
Baby Happy, Baby Sad by Leslie Patricelli
Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos by Jane Yolen

Activities:

Happy, Sad, and Angry mouths:
Materials: paper plates, construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Prior to doing this activity draw eyes, ears, and a nose onto a paper plate to create a face (do not draw a mouth) Cut out a happy, sad, and angry mouth from construction paper. Talk about each feeling with your child and change out the mouths on your face as you discuss each one. See if your child can make a sad, happy, and angry face.
Extension: You could extend this activity and add some velcrow to the face and to each mouth piece. Hang the face on your refrigerator or somewhere that your child can see it. Throughout the week, ask your child how they feel and change the mouth to show how your child feels at that moment.


Skills Targeted: develop an understanding of feelings and emotions, language development

Signs:
Description: Teach your toddler the signs for happy, sad, angry, scared and other feelings. Visit Sign With Me and watch video clips on how to do each sign.


Skills Targeted: language development, motor skill devleopment, understand different ways to communicate, sign language development

Acting:
Description: You and your toddler can act out each different feeling together. Smile, dance, and sing for happy. Stomp your feet for mad. Pretend to cry for sad. Hide your face for shy...etc.

Cookie Faces:
Materials: Cookies, icing, gel icing in a tube,chocolate chips, raisins, M&Ms or any other yummy treats to make a face.
Description: Make cookies with your toddler according to packaging directions or use pre-made cookies. Let your toddler icing the cookies (use a popsicle stick for a safe way to do it). Let your toddler use M&Ms, chocolate chips, rasins or other treat to make eyes and a nose on their cookie. Using gel icing (in a tube) have your toddler draw a happy mouth on some cookies and a sad mouth on some cookies. Talk about the difference between happy and sad.


Skills Targeted: understand feelings and emotions, understand opposites, motor skill development, language development, enhance life skills

Talk:
Description: This activity simply involves talking to your toddler about their feelings. Throughout the week, when your little one is involved in an activity, ask them how they feel. See if they can tell the difference in the different ways that they feel. If they are upset about something, talk about it.


Skills Targeted: language development, understand feelings and emotions

Glad Monster/Sad Monster:
Materials: construction paper cut into different shapes (used for making monster faces), the book Glad Monster/Sad Monster, glue
Description: Read the book Glad Monster Sad Monster to your child. Talk about the different monsters, their colors, and how they feel. You and your child can make monster masks together using construction paper and glue. Simply cut out a large circle for the face (or use a paper plate) and smaller shapes for the eyes, nose and ears. Your little one can help you glue the parts together. Refer back to the book to see what color each monster is and how they feel. Then you can help your toddler draw each mouth to show how each colored monster feels! Glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of these faces so your toddler can hold them in front of their face as masks. (You can even cut out the eyes so that your child can see!)
You and your toddler can explore Ed Emberley's website. There is even a monster face to print to do a similar activity with your child. He is the author of Glad Monster Sad Monster and many other children's books. You will find activities and much more on his site.


Skills Targeted: motor skill development, recall details from a story, understand feelings and emotions, color recognition





Memory:
Materials: index cards (or paper cut into index size cards), markers
Description: Make a fun Memory game for your toddler. Draw simple faces on each index card. Make two happy faces, two sad faces, two angry faces, two scary faces, two funny faces etc. Turn the cards over so that the drawings are face down. Teach your toddler to turn two cards over and together you and your child can decide if they found a match or not. Once you and your toddler have found all the matches, the game is over and you can play again! Talk about each face and the appropriate feeling as you turn the cards over.


Skills Targeted: develop memory skills, enhance life skills (taking turns, following directions), understand feelings and emotions

Paint Faces:
Materials: paper plates, paint, paint brushes
Description: Have your child paint faces on paper plates. Talk about how their painted faces feel. Did they give them a happy, sad, or mad face? Why?


Skills Targeted: language development, enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development, understand feelings and emotions

Picture Feelings:
Materials: Camera
Description: Practice making happy, mad, sad, silly, scared etc faces with your child. Take a picture of your child making each different face. (If you child is young and not able to make faces yet, you can take pictures of yourself or another person making these different faces.) Print the pictures. You can staple the pictures together or put them in a small 4X6 album to make a feelings book or glue them to a large piece of paper and hang them on the wall for your toddler to look at.


Skills Targeted: understand feelings and emotions, recognize how someone feels, language development

Puppets:
Materials: Construction paper, scissors, glue, popsicle sticks
Description: You and your child can make feelings puppets together. Create different faces uses construction paper and markers. (make happy, sad, mad, silly, scared etc faces). Cut out each face and glue them to popsicle sticks. Your toddler can play with their new puppets. Talk about each puppets face and how they feel.


You could also use these puppets to sing the song If You're Happy And Know It found below.


Skills Targeted: understand feelings and emotions, pretend play, language development


Songs and Fingerplays:

Feelings:
(sung to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)

Happy, Sad, scared, and mad
Scared and mad.
Happy, sad, scared, and mad
Scared and mad.
These are ways that I sometimes feel
Happy, sad, scared and mad
Scared and mad.

Sometimes:

Sometimes I feel happy (smile big)
Sometimes I feel sad (pretend to cry)
Sometimes I feel scared (make a face to show scared)
Sometimes I feel mad (stomp your feet and clinch your fists)
Sometimes I am shy (hide your face behind your hands)
and I am not sure why!
I have many feelings that I feel inside.

If You're Happy and You Know it:

If you're happy and you know it
Clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it
Clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it
Then your face will really show it
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands.

If you're sad and you know it
make a frown.
If you're sad and you know it
make a frown.
If you're sad and you know it
Then you face will really show it.
If you're sad and you know it
Make a frown.

If you're mad and you know it
stomp your feet.
If you're mad and you know it
Stomp your feet.
If you're mad and you know it
Then your face will really show it.
If you're mad and you know it
Make a frown.

If you're scared and you know it
Cover your face.
If you're scared and you know it
cover your face.
If you're scared and you know it
then your face will really show it.
If you're scared and you know it
Cover your face.

Online Fun:

Sesame Street Videos:


Watch several of these Sesame Street videos all about feelings.






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