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Feelings Masks

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Sweet It Up Materials

Gather Materials

Paper plates
Scissors
Markers, crayons or colored pencils
Craft sticks and tape (optional)

Sweep It Up - Step 1

Step 1

Start by cutting the plates in half. You will need a half plate for each emotion you choose to explore.

Sweep It Up - Step 2

Step 2

Have your child choose an emotion. Then have your child draw a nose and a mouth representing that chosen emotion on the half of the paper plate.

Sweep It Up - Step 3

Step 3

Optionally, you can tape a craft stick to the back of the paper plate for your child to use to hold onto the mask.

Sweep It Up - Step 4

Step 4

Finally, have your child choose from the masks to represent how they are feeling. This can be done daily, or several times throughout the day. You can also make more masks as you child explores new emotions.

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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