1. On paper plates, draw faces showing different emotions, such as happy, sad,
and so on. Write each child’s name on a nametag.
2. Gather the children and discuss the different kinds of emotions. Show the
children the paper plate faces and see if they can guess which emotion is
being expressed. Ask, “Why would someone feel this way? What do you
think happened to this person to make him feel this way?”
3. Explain to the children that when they come into the classroom every
morning, they will put their nametag next to the face that resembles their
4. Be sure to put the faces at the children’s level.
5. During circle time or group time, invite the children to share their feelings.
More to do
Math: Count how many children are next to each emotion. Compare the
numbers and which face has the most names.