I was in Sainsburys the other day nosing around the craft bits when I noticed some foam face stickers which showed different emotions. I have been wanting to start to try and talk to Monkey more about the way he is feeling and his emotions. I am sure a number of his tantrums are just down to pure frustration because he can’t find the words to explain how he is feeling at the time.
With this in mind I thought about using these stickers to create an emotional clock. In order to do this you will need:
- Coloured card – Monkey chose blue (its his favourite colour at the moment)
- Corresponding card for the arrow
- Tack or brad – we used a fish one
- Dinner plate to draw round
- Black marker
- Emotion stickers – if you can’t find the stickers then you could draw the faces
First draw around the plate with the pencil to create the face of the clock
We divided the stickers into groups which showed each emotion and then Monkey stuck them round the outside of the clock
We then discussed each one and he decided the names of the emotions which I wrote next to each sticker
We used the brad to attach the arrow cut from the coordinating card to the centre of the clock. Monkey started playing with it straight away – he decided he was feeling happy and that daddy was grumpy!!
I decided to put it somewhere within easy reach so stuck it to his wardrobe (we added a couple of the smaller stickers too), he decided he was feeling grumpy when it came to bedtime – that figures!! He is also going to be looking at it first thing in the morning, which could be interesting since he’s not keen on going to nursery at the moment.