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Reading Hints
As you read each page, look at the child and make the face that appears on the pictured face. The child will probably imitate the expression.

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Language

Baby Faces

by Margaret Miller

Story Synopsis

Large, close-up photographs
depict faces of babies showing a range of expressions on each right-hand page. One word that describes the expression on the baby'sface appears on each left-hand page.

Make a Face to Match the Word

no special materials needed

  • Read this book many times so the children are familiar with it.
  • Each time encourage the child or children to make the faces in the book.
  • After the children have "practiced" the faces many times, say one of the words. See if they can come up with the corresponding face without looking at the book.

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Language

Something to Think About

Babies learn to "read" facial expressions very early in life, long before the words to describe them are mastered. It is very important thatbabies see lots of smiles and happy, pleasant people whose faces mirror those emotions.

Magazine Faces

old magazines
scissors (adult use only)
cardboard or construction paper
clear contact paper or laminating paper

  • Let one or two children help you find pictures of children's faces in magazines.
  • Cut them out and glue them to the cardboard or construction paper.
  • Laminate or cover with clear contact paper for durability.
  • Look through these face pictures with the children and make up words to go with them.

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Sensory

Reflected Emotions

unbreakable mirror

  • Let the child enjoy making faces in the mirror. Play along!
  • While the child is making faces in the mirror, name the emotion on his face. "Happy" or "sad" are usually the first faces young children recognize.
  • If they make faces that express other emotions, name these emotions.
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