Posted in Crafts, Emotions, Therapy

Paper Plate Emotion Masks Activity


Getting kids to talk about feelings is not always easy, one way to do it is to make it into play. These emotion masks can be elaborate  with colors or simple and black and white like ours . The goal of this activity isn’t to have award winning art work, instead it’s to play with and open up a dialogue about feelings with your kids.

  1. Materials:  1/2 a paper plate per mask. Make as many emotions as your child can handle – basic 4 : happy, sad, angry and silly. Popsicle sticks ( or tongue depressors), crayons or markers , scissors and tape.
  2. Cut the Plates in half
  3. Write the emotion on the back. Talk about each emotion, but don’t lecture.
  4. Tape on the Popsicle sticks
  5. Play with the emotions. Have fun making our eyes one emotion and our masks another. Take photos to remember!

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Click Here for another version of this same craft using Paper Plates to Explore Feelings/Emotions – includes a printable handout with tutorial.

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Mother, Pediatric Nurse and a Trail Blazer for Positive Change.

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