Teaching your child(ren) about emotions and how to express them properly is very important. This craft allows for practice talking about your child(ren)’s emotions, as well as fine-motor practice.
You will need: white construction paper or card stock, pencil, scissors, Popsicle stick, and tape.
1. Draw an outline of an animal shape on the white paper. If your child(ren) is able, have them draw the outline of an animal. CJ chose a bear for this puppet.
2. Cut out the animal shape.
3. Have your child(ren) add features (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, etc.). Allow them to choose how and where to decorate. Remember you want them to create the animal of their choosing. This will help encourage ownership of the project and allow for more connection with the puppet.
4. Tape the animal puppet to a Popsicle stick.
5. Using the puppet, role play how you are feeling (scared, nervous, mad, anxious, happy, calm, etc.). Teach your child(ren) to do the same. Use the puppet to express how it is feeling. “My name is Bear. I am feeling angry right now, because I do not want to share my favorite teddy bear with my baby sister.” This is an excellent teachable moment to talk about how your child is feeling, why, and how to react properly to how/what they are feeling.