Preschool Activities and Printables

Faces and Feelings Activity

How do our faces show what we’re feeling?

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Use pipe cleaners and paper to make some silly faces, and talk about feelings!  It’s a super easy project that can be set up fast, doesn’t take up too much space, and can be used again and again.


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You’ll only need

  • Paper
  • scissors or a circle punch
  • Marker
  • Pipe cleaners

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First, cut some circles in a couple different colors.  I used my favorite new hole punch to make 2 ¼” circles, but you could make any size, by tracing plates, bowls or cups. I liked this size because the faces we came up with didn’t get too complicated, but we may experiment with bigger faces in the future.


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Next, it’s time for the eyes.  Have your child draw a set of eyes on each circle.  Encourage them to draw different kinds of eyes, to allow for lots of variety later.


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Cut your pipe cleaners into small snippets, varying in length, from short (1 ½”) to long.


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Let your creator make some faces!  To start off, see what they come up with for happy, sad, surprised.   Once the ball is rolling, see what emotions, faces, and feelings they create.


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Confused?  Grumpy?  Tired? Excited?  Which eyes look the best with which mouths?

When you’re done, you can tuck them all away in an envelope, and pull them out on a rainy  (or happy, or grumpy!) day.



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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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