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Happy Face

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This activity encourages your child to communicate emotions

At OMO, we believe that every stain represents an important experience - mud stains are the stamp of adventure, grass stains are the sign of exploration and fruit stains are the aftermath of discovery. Encourage your kids to get messy with our fun activities for happy, healthy, confident kids. We'll be there to sort out the dirty clothes afterwards.

Happy Face

This activity encourages your child to communicate emotions.

What you’ll need:

An image of a sandy patch of ground and a stick

What to do:

Go to a sandy area outside with your child. Take a stick and draw a happy face in the sand. Talk about what is making you feel happy right then. Give the stick to your child and ask them to draw a happy face. Ask your child to talk about what makes them happy. If your child is not feeling happy, encourage them to express what emotion they are feeling, and to talk about what is making them feel sad, angry, unhappy etc.

Alternative Materials:

An image of paper, marker pens, crayons and chalk

Change it up:

Make it easy: Draw the outline of a face and let your child direct you how the nose, mouth, eyes should look. You can also draw several faces showing different emotions on pieces of paper and let your child pick the one that they think shows the emotion they’re feeling.

Make it a challenge: Ask your child to draw several different faces showing different emotions. Encourage them to ask questions and express what they think about different emotions.

Indoor Play: This activity can be done inside with paper and crayons or marker pens.

Developmental Areas:

  • Body Awareness

  • Hand-eye coordination

  • Social Awareness

  • Planning

  • Knowing your surroundings

Values:

Positive thinking; assertiveness.