"You are my Sunshine"- A Craft about Feelings

"You are my Sunshine"- A Craft about Feelings

It's Summer- the sun is shinning, the days are longer- and, oh wait- kids are still kids. Long busy days, mixed in with heat can lead into the occasional (or if you're in my house it's x3) melt downs! More often than not, I can sense a melt down a comin' just by the simple facial expressions that my children may give prior to a good one. I decided to do this very simple craft with my children to show them how easy it is to pick up on visually cues as to how a person feels. We discussed feelings, what they may "look" like, we read a few stories and then put our research to work!

Classified: Easy and is great for the preschool aged child!

What you need:
  • Yellow tag board
  • Paper Plate
  • Yellow paint
  • Paintbrushes 
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Yellow Pipe Cleaner
  • 1 " Paper Fastener

What to do:

1. Preparation: Have an adult cut a 1"x3" (apporx.) rectangle out in the lower half of the paper plate. Using the paper plate, trace a circle onto yellow tag board and trace the rectangle four times- rotating the plate each time. See Photo. Draw sun ray's around the feelings template and either you or your preschooler cut out.
Trace plate onto tag board
Rotate plate and trace the rectangle each time

Draw rays around circle and cut

2. Talk about feelings. We made a chart as my children made faces as to what a particular feeling may look like. We came up with happy, sad, silly, etc.
Feelings Chart

3. Have your preschooler paint the paper plate yellow. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and glue onto the painted sun's face to make hands and arms. While it is drying, have them select four feelings and illustrate them in the four rectangles on the sun's rays.
Painting the sun!
My 5 year old's facial expressions and feelings

4. Once the sun's face has dried, have them draw on eyes and a nose.

5. Attach the face onto the rays by poking a Paper Fastener through both- or - (as we did) cut a piece of pipe cleaner and poke it through both and notch it at either end so it doesn't slip through. This way it is the same color as the sun!

Books about feelings:
Happy and Sad, Grouchy and Glad Big Book: A Sesame Street Big Book (Sesame Street Books)The Feelings BookFeeling Happy: A Turn-And-Learn Emotions Book (PBS Kids)
Talk about how your preschooler feels and have them move the sun's face to that emotion. They can move hands to add extra character and to enhance the emotion.


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  2. I like this idea Aimee. Feelings are a big deal with kids - so often they do not know how to properly express how they are feeing. It's definitely an important topic. I recently discussed this with my oldest who was acting out w/feelings going from extremes (so exhausting) and she drew pictures of feelings - it was great to see what she thought they looked like. I will have to share that on the blog soon. I like the chart you guys came up with together. :) Nice work Mama!


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