Faces of Emotion Project


Lately, Brandon has been having some trouble expressing his feelings verbally. So, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to start a new art project! This week we made these paper plate “Faces of Emotion,” and then we talked about the emotions through social play by singing a revised version of  “If your happy and you know it.” Below you can find the supplies needed for this project and some helpful tips on how to do this activity with your child.  Activity suited for ages 1-4.


Easy step by step instructions:

  1. You will need 1 sheet of construction paper of each color: Red (mad), Blue (sad), Yellow (happy), Pink (loved), Green (sorry).
  2. Cut out a circular shape out of each sheet of colored paper. Make sure the face will fit inside the center of the plate. 
  3. Draw each face of emotion on your construction paper with your black marker. (you can reference the photo above when drawing the faces)
  4. Paste each colored emotion onto its own plate.
  5.  Label each plate with a black marker and write the correct emotion.
  6. Tape one Popsicle stick the back side of each paper plate, and done! ( I didn’t have Popsicle sticks so I used skewers that were lying around the house :P)

Supplies needed for this project:

  1. Multi-colored, heavy construction paper
  2. Child safe scissors
  3. Glue stick
  4. Paper plates (5)
  5. Black Marker
  6. Popsicle sticks (5)

Helpful tips during art activities:

  • Find the smile 🙂
  • Seat your-self face to face with your child
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Follow your child’s lead
  • Narrate as you go
  • Offer help

Revised song:

“If your Happy and you know it” Clap your hands.

“If you Mad and you know it” Stomp your feet.

“If your Sad and you know it” say “Boo Hoo!”

“If your Sorry and you know it” give a hug. (Demonstrate by hugging yourself)

“If your Loved and you know it say “Hooray!


This project will help:

  1. Fine motor skills
  2. Communication skills
  3. Joint Attention skills
  4.  Play skills

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