I had a request a while back for this ‘Make a face’ resource so thought I would show you some ways in which to use it.
Print out the skin tone that you require. This resource has three different skin tones to suit all children. There are also 12 different sets of eyes and mouths and a set of emotions vocabulary flash cards. Laminate all the pieces and keep in a zipped bag for convenience. The aim of this resource is for children to begin to recognise facial expressions and talk about their feelings. It is excellent for children on the autistic spectrum. This resource is also very good for early years settings and can be put into an area of provision, allowing children to experiment and make different faces. Can they match the eyes to the mouth? Can they tell you what the expression is that they have made? Parents would also find this resource helpful for their preschool children.
Questions you could ask – can you make me a ‘angry face’? What would ‘angry’ eyes look like? What would ‘sad’ eyes look like? Can you make me a ‘sad face’? Also use other vocabulary such as ‘miserable, frustrated, terrified, proud’.
What makes this face look sad? Would any of the other eyes fit with the mouth? Which other mouth would fit with the eyes? Have you ever felt sad? What happened when you felt sad? How can you tell that someone feels sad?
Can you draw me a happy face? You can copy the eyes and the mouths if you want to. Do you feel happy? What sort of things make you feel happy? Can you make a happy face? What does our mouth do when we are happy? What do our eyes do when we are happy? What might we say when we are happy? What noise might we make? (laughter or giggling)
Ask the child to find you ‘sad eyes’ and a ‘sad mouth’. Can they write the word ‘sad’? and then draw the face?
Place ‘eyes’ on the face and ask the child to draw the mouth that goes with the eyes. You can do this the other way round too. Place a mouth on the face and ask the child to draw the eyes.
Can the child write the emotion word?
There are so many possibilities for working with this resource. The cards could be used as a matching pairs game. Lay out all the cards and ask a child to choose a mouth and eyes that match – name the emotion.
Use the face (laminated) for drawing emotion faces. Put it alongside a mirror so children can make faces themselves.
Use the angry eyes and mouth to discuss anger and how to recognise when they are becoming angry. What makes them angry? What could they do when they are angry?
Pick an emotions flashcard(included with the pack) and make the appropriate face.
This resource costs £2.50 and you can see how versatile it is. A perfect piece of ELSA kit