Happy Times are Here Again!

Dionne Jones


Popsicle sticks
Small paper plates
Markers or crayons
A variety of art materials (e.g., yarn, wiggly eyes, buttons, pom pons, dry pasta)
Book: How Are You Peeling? by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers


1. Children decorate paper plates to create faces that show different feelings/emotions (e.g., happy, sad, mad, scared, excited, angry, silly)
2. Allow the children to decorate several faces (e.g., paper plates) that show the feelings of their choice. When the children are finished creating their faces, ask them to name or point to the feeling/emotion that is expressed on each face.

Differentiation Approaches

1. Have children make different faces in a mirror
2. Have children point to pictures of different emotions (happy or sad)
3. Use verbal, visual, and physical cues to help children know what to do


Identifying and naming several feelings/emotions (e.g., happy, sad, mad, scared, excited, angry, silly) in themselves and others.

Follow Up and Extension Ideas

1. Have children make puppets with different faces and do a puppet show
2. Have children sort happy or sad faces in independent workstations
3. Sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It….”

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