Make a face activities

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.

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Face and cards ready to begin

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’.

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Make a sad face

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?

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Add a whiteboard pen and all of a sudden there is even more learning

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)

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Find the eyes and the mouth to make a sad face

Ask the child to find you ‘sad eyes’ and a ‘sad mouth’. Can they write the word ‘sad’? and then draw the face?

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Choose the eyes but draw the mouth

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.

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Can they write the emotion word?

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.

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Keep all the pieces together in a zipped bag along with a dry wipe pen and blob of blu tak – a perfect piece of ELSA kit!

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  • Natalie Obexer says:


    I work in a Kindergarten and please want to Download these material. can you please send me an email. Thanks!

  • Lisa says:


    I just downloaded the Make-a-face-materials.
    I’m very happy I found your materials. But there is one question left: Do you have a document or something where there ist written which eyes and which mouthes belong to which feelings? With some of the things it’s hard to tell for me…
    Thanks for the nice materials.

    • Hi Lisa, It is purely an experimental tool for children to explore different facial expressions and come up with their own words. You can also use it by asking children to make a ‘happy face’ or a ‘sad face’. That said, I will certainly give this some thought when I next update the resource.

  • Ivy Donovan says:

    I just printed out these faces and plan to use them with my client who is on the spectrum and learning how to replicate art. I printed two copies so that I can make one, and he can copy what I made. Thank you for this great product!

  • Joana says:

    Hi, I’m Brazilian and I have an autistic child. How do I download these images? I want to work the expressions with him. thanks

    • Hi Joana, You can purchase this pack from this link Make a Face
      PayPal is used for payment which can be done in any currency. When you go to checkout you are asked to create an account on the website. This is purely a backup should your email with links not arrive in your email account. It allows you to sign into your account and download your resources from your purchase history. Best wishes

  • Meike Rodenacker says:

    I really like this idea. I think i will try it (in german) because i live in Germany. Can you send me the link?

  • Konstantina Lamprousi says:

    I am a french teacher from Greece!!Thank you very much!!!They are great!!!

  • fran glinsey says:

    Please send directions fir geting the make a dace activities for character education

  • Lori Roberts says:

    Ok, I made the purchase but I need to know if they will be mailed or do I need to download them?

    • Yes the downloads should have been sent to your email address. Please check your spam folder if they have not arrived. You can also log into your account with your username and password and download them from your purchase history.

  • Rossy Resendiz says:

    Hello I am interested in getting this emotions pack, I am from Mexico city. Would you please tell me how I can get this?

  • Brenda says:

    I look forward to downloading the Make a Face activity for use with our dementia residents. I am a carer/ac and love resources such as this one. Thank you!

  • Kelley Howard says:

    Yes, I live in the US. How much is this kit in US dollars?

  • Karie Mann says:

    I just purchased and downloaded the Make a Face activity kit. I am a mental health therapist and can think of all kinds of ways to use this with kids. Thank you!

  • tina oleary says:

    Just purchased the emotion faces – they look great – do I wait for an e-mail to download them? thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes Tina, you should get an email almost immediately as it is sent automatically by the site. Check your spam folder if you do not receive it. You can also log onto the site with the username and password you have just set up and download the resource from your purchase history.

  • Paula van der Meulen says:

    Hi Debbie, a friend recommended this book, The Soul Bird, by Michal Snubit, a lovely book and perfect for ELSA work. I’m not clever enough to share on the ELSA FB page with a picture/link, you can buy it on Amazon, and was hoping you would!!

    Many thanks, Paula

  • Celia Day says:

    Debbie – I have purchase this as it looks really good Will it be emailed to me ? Thank you

    • Celia,
      Thank you for purchasing this resource. Yes it will be emailed to you but you can also access it through your account on ELSA support. I have emailed you with details. Debbie ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kavita says:

        Dear Debbie ,

        My account is debited but I have still not received my order . Kindly look into it and revert.

        • Hi Kavita, I replied by email to you yesterday and actually attached the resource for you. Also it wasn’t this resource you purchased but the Anger Mananagement lapbook resource. Please check your spam folder. I am absolutely sure that is where my emails are going. Unfortunately there is no other way of me contacting you. I hope you see this.

          Just to be clear, your downloads are sent by email immediately on purchase. It is wise to check your spam folder if you do not receive your email. You can also log into ELSA SUPPORT with your username and password and download your resource from your purchase history. I really hope that you read this. Best wishes

      • Kathy Denton says:

        I purchased this as well. ?. How do I download? Thank you

        • Hi Kathy, you should receive an email with a download link. Check your spam folder if you have not received it. If it isn’t there you can easily log into ELSA Support with your username and password. Go to your purchase history and download your resource from there.
          Best wishes

      • Celia Day says:

        Thanks Debbie

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