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
  • Pencil
  • Sissors
  • Emotion stickers – if you can’t find the stickers then you could draw the faces

Making an emotional clock

First draw around the plate with the pencil to create the face of the clock

Making an emotional clock

We divided the stickers into groups which showed each emotion and then Monkey stuck them round the outside of the clock

Making an emotional clock

We then discussed each one and he decided the names of the emotions which I wrote next to each sticker

Making an emotional clock

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!!

Making an emotional clock

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.

Making emotional clocks

Mudpie xx

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  1. What a great idea. This would work really well with autistic children. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Another brilliant idea! I think us mummies could do with one too so everyone knows what mood we’re in 🙂

  3. Sara Handy Herbs Reply

    A great idea! As you say, children sometimes find it difficult to express their emotions so that is a very useful way of engaging them with their feelings and giving them the vocabulary to use. #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  4. Such an amazing idea. I completely agree, I’m sure that T’s tantrums were down to frustration. I really love this and think T and I will make one.
    Thanks so much for linking to #toddlerapprovedtuesday this week x

  5. HeyMommaCasey Reply

    What a great idea! I hope this will help him express himself! Awesome job! #kidscorner

  6. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods) Reply

    Oh this is such a great idea. My son has a speech delay and is being evaluated for possible ASD and we aren’t sure if he understands emotions at all. This would be a really really good way of trying to help him understand so thank you for sharing this 🙂

  7. mackenzieglanville Reply

    great idea, I also love how it was made at home as it will mean so much more. #Kidscorner

  8. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    This is a really wonderful idea! So creative for the child to make this and then so useful to learn about emotions! #KidsCorner

  9. Angela Milnes Reply

    What a fabulous idea you have here! I really do like it! We are working on clocks at the moment -learning to tell the time. There are so many fab ideas- but this is an idea i’ve not seen before!

    Pinteresting it now! Angela xx
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  10. Love this idea for toddlers – they really need a visual to understand complex ideas. Pinning this!

  11. littleoandme Reply

    Such a great idea and a great talking prompt for toddlers. I am going to have to this with Oliver as he confuses happy with sad, bless him.
    Becky xx

  12. Katy (What Katy Said) Reply

    Love love love this!! I am going to need one of these in about a year for Little L, she is definitely an emotional one! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

  13. Love this idea! How is it working? I have 3 different toddlers with 3 totally different personalities. It would be interesting to see what moods they’d choose throughout the day. Thanks for linking up with #momsterslink.

    • He gets up every morning and tells me how he’s feeling, thinking as he gets old may try and incorporate more feelings – you never know I may even daw them!! lol xx

      • I love to draw…yet I never seem to find the time to do so. My husband bought me an entire art set for my bday in March. Haven’t even opened it 🙁 sad very sad. Thanks for popping over and saying hello my friend!

  14. What a lovely wat to get children thinking about how they are feeling I find most of the time for my girls its finding a way to express how they feel is the most frustrating thing for them so this would be so helpful thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

  15. snowingindoors Reply

    This is a fantastic idea, I bet it would help my 3 year old express how he is feeling a bit better too

  16. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) Reply

    Aw what a lovely idea and a nice way to teach little ones about emotions. We’ve been doing similar with Monkey with a lovely book and I do think it helps to talk about their feelings xx

  17. This is a great idea. Photos cut from magazines could work very well too, I imagine. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

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