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Emotions (Body) • Feelings (Mind) ✂️DIY 😃😮😡😢☹️😆Puppets ♻️🚽Craft 🎥 101

Please meet our EMOTIONS/FEELINGS puppet friends! 

Many people use the words “emotions” and “feelings” interchangeably. However, although highly related, the meaning of emotions and feelings is distinct.  An emotion is a conspicuous physical bodily response to a common change, while a feeling is a mental reaction to an emotion that is personal and gained through experience. Interestingly, emotions actually proceed feelings.   

IMG_9207 To apply our theoretical knowledge, we are making EMOTIONS puppets. 

DSC_0363What you will need:

  • recycled toilet paper rolls,
  • pipe cleaners,
  • hole puncher,
  • googly eyes, 
  • Pom Poms,
  • Sharpies pens,
  • and a glue gun. 

In this video, Adrian is making a 😢 sad crying puppet. 

DSC_0389 Meet Mr. 😢 Sad.

While I helped with drawing facial expressions (children drew a rough draft for me on the side), they were in complete control as to how to decorate their puppets.    DSC_0392

This craft can promote gross motor skills when the child has to press the hole puncher to make a hole in the paper roll. Also, it promotes fine motor control when the child has to insert pipe cleaners into the punched out holes. 

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EMOTION puppets can be a great tool to help teach a child to identify and talk about feelings. Through role-play and pretend puppet shows, you can help a child gain confidence about how to express feelings and respond to them in an appropriate and healthy way.

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Since emotions are physical, they can be noticed by facial expressions, blood flow, and a body stance. Feelings, on the other hand, are mental and as such, they cannot be measured precisely since they reflect one's personal associations to emotions. So, this was a great exercise to discuss how eyebrows and/or shape of the mouth can give us clues as to the puppet's emotional state.

DSC_0382While emotions are usually fleeting, the feelings they evoke may last for a long time. And because emotions can initiate feelings, and feelings in turn initiate emotions, it is important to teach children to understand how they feel to prevent a cycle of at times painful and confusing emotions. 

Here, Adrian is making an 😡 Angry Guy, associating the color red with a strong emotional state. 

DSC_0389Meet Mr. 😡 Angry. 

DSC_0389Meet our 😃 Happy Puppet. 


DSC_0389Meet our 😮 Surprised Puppet. 


DSC_0389Meet Mr. ☹️Sad. 


DSC_0389Meet the 😆Laughing Puppet. 


DSC_0383Meet our EMOTIONS Puppet Friends! 

You may also prompt your child to play out puppet faces in order to help him/her connect the emotions with physical sensations. This way, the child can see that emotions affect what he/she does, and that there is a choice about how to respond to a particular feeling. Julia, for example, if she is upset or unsettled, needs to have a "TTYL" with me (Talk To You Later), meaning that she wants my undivided attention for a minute or two to express how she feels and what troubles her. This seems to always work in making her feel better and centered. Adrian, on the other hand, is not very emotional at his age, so no elaborate routine is required: a hug and a sorry always do the job.

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I hope that you will find our EMOTIONS Puppets craft useful in teaching your child that there are many different feelings, and that it is totally normal to feel them all. Feelings may be comfortable or uncomfortable, and feeling emotions, whatever they are, is a natural phenomenon. Young children deal with many of the same emotions adults do. Children get frustrated, sad, angry, nervous, happy, or shy or embarrassed, but they often do not have the words to describe how they are feeling. I hope that with the help of this puppets craft, you can enhance your child's socio-emotional development by helping him/her understand feelings and express emotions in a healthy balanced way.  

DSC_0070I also made this EMOTIONS puzzle where a child has to match two parts of the face. Make sure you color-code on the back of each piece by placing same-color stickers on halves that make the whole. (For example, the 😡angry face will have two 🔴🔴red stickers on the back of each half; this way the child can self-correct.)

 
DSC_0070Once the child matches the puzzle-pieces, as a control of error, he/she can turn the faces and see if the assembly was correct.

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation has a great article here about different ideas on how to teach children about emotions.

Also, Emotions and Mindfulness go hand in hand, so read here a post "🕉Mindfulness with Children (☮️PEACE Education)" and here "Montessori ☮️PEACE Shelfie (Grace &Courtesy, Gratitude, Pillars of a Peaceful Character)."  


No-Cook Homemade Play Dough 🎄Christmas Tree DIY Craft

We all had so much fun making our no-cook homemade play dough. 

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What you will need (double up if you would like to make more):

  • 1 cup of white all-purpose flour,
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil,
  • 1/4 cup of salt,
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar,
  • 3/4 cups of boiling water (adding in increments),
  • food coloring (we are using this neon food coloring set),
  • 1 tsp of glycerine for shine,
  • we also added Lavender essential oil to add some olfactory dimension to our play dough (do omit it if you have smaller children who might otherwise put play dough in the mouth, since other than this ingredient, the playdough is safe if ingested).

DSC_0070An invitation to create: Can you make a Christmas Tree?

DSC_0071There are so many ways you can use a cookie cutter!

DSC_0075 copy  We are using a wooden dough roller from this set.

DSC_0075 copyOffer a child to roll the dough and cut out a shape with a cookie cutter. 

DSC_0075 copyInvite your child to make tiny balls to decorate the Tree.

DSC_0075This is a fun way to promote fine motor control while exploring creativity.  

DSC_0066 didnotSee how we made our No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough here.

For more on Christmas activities, see here "🎄Christmas Odd & Even Math lesson (Numerals and Counters)." And here "🎄Christmas Tree from Montessori Number Rods and Knobless Cylinders." 

For Christmas sensorial activities, see here "🎅🏻Christmas Inspired • Fill The Ornament 🎄Sensory Bin" and  here "🎅🏻Christmas Inspired ⛄️Shredded Paper 🙌🏻Sensory Bin with 🔢Math Twist."

 

 

 

 


No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough

Finally, we made no-cook homemade play dough inspired by so many talented Mamas. This particular recipe is by Imagination Tree House (see here). I will keep you up with updates as to how well the dough stores. 

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What you will need (double up if you would like to make more):

  • 1 cup of white all-purpose flour,
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil,
  • 1/4 cup of salt,
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar,
  • 3/4 cups of boiling water (adding in increments),
  • food coloring (we are using this neon food coloring set),
  • 1 tsp of glycerine for shine,
  • we also added Lavender essential oil to add some olfactory dimension to our play dough (do omit it if you have smaller children who might otherwise put play dough in the mouth, since other than this ingredient, the playdough is safe if ingested).

DSC_0056-3How to make your play dough:

  • mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl,
  • stir in water continuously until it becomes a sticky combined mixture,
  • add the glycerine to give your dough a nice shine,
  • add essential oil (optional),
  • allow the dough to cool down and then knead it for few minutes until all of the stickiness has gone (add more flour if it is too sticky).

DSC_0067The key is to keep kneading continuously until the dough does not feel sticky anymore!
DSC_0067We first made 12 plain balls and then added a different color to each.
DSC_0067An hour later...

See here our playdough in action in a post "No-Cook Homemade Play Dough 🎄Christmas Tree DIY Craft."

For more on color mixing, see  here a video-post "👔 Father's Day🎈Balloon Color-mixing DIY Craft (Sensorial 🖐️👀👂👅👃 Activities 101 🎥 Series 🎇)."  And, see here a 🎥 video post "Paper Towel, Markers and 💦Water 🌈 Color Mixing ⚗️Experiment."


Paper Towel, Markers and 💦Water 🌈 Color Mixing ⚗️Experiment (🔬⚗️⚖️Science meets 🎨Art 101 🎥Series 🎇)

Today, we are exploring colors while creating patterns on a paper towel, and thereafter experimenting with water and color mixing, coming up with a new art piece, different than the original.

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What you will need:

  • paper towel (we are using Bounty),
  • Sharpies (buy thin point here and thick here), markers and/or highlighters,
  • droppers (we are using silicone bulb dropper from this set),
  • water.

Paper Towel, Markers and Water Color Mixing Experiment from Anya on Vimeo.

DSC_0006 Adrian's art before adding water.

DSC_0006 Did you notice that where children used Sharpies, the colors did not "bleed" or mix as much?
DSC_0006Julia's artwork after adding water. 

The water travels through paper diluting and mixing colors. This process is similar to our Capillary Action Science Experiment below, where I describe the process in details.

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See here "💛💙❤️Primary Colors, 💦Water & Paper Capillary Action ⌛️Timelapse ⚗️ Kids Science Experiment (🌈 Rainbow Walking Water). "  

For more on color mixing, see here a video-post "👔 Father's Day🎈Balloon Color-mixing DIY Craft (Sensorial 🖐️👀👂👅👃 Activities 101 🎥 Series 🎇)." 

For more on Science experiments, see here a video-post "Lava Lamp: Oil vs 🌈 💧Water Density Immiscibility ⚗️Experiment with 💥Alka Seltzer."

See all our 🔬⚗️⚖️ Science Experiments here.


✂️DIY Pipe Cleaners ♻️Paper Mache 🦃Turkey• Thanksgiving Inspired Craft•

Thanksgiving Holiday is a time to gather together and spend quality time with the family; and for us, making crafts allows us to be together while expressing creativity, advancing fine-motor skills, and most importantly, having fun! This ✂️DIY Pipe Cleaners ♻️Paper Mache 🦃Turkey craft is another fun Thanksgiving-Inspired activity children have enjoyed creating. 

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What you will need:

  • ♻️recycled toilet paper roll,
  • recycled brown tissue paper for turkey's body (or you can use a different color),
  • mache paste for paper mache application (we are using this Mod Podge),
  • pipe cleaners to make turkey's tail,
  • recycled packing peanuts,
  • feathers,
  • paint (we are using these washable finger-paints),
  • googly eyes,
  • pom-poms,
  • a glue gun.

DSC_0049Using paper-mache technique, apply tissue paper to cover toilet paper roll.

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"He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence." - Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p. 25.

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The child is a worker and a producer. … The child's work belongs to another order and has a wholly different force from the work of the adult. The child’s work is done unconsciously, in abandonment to a mysterious spiritual energy, actively engaged in creation. It is indeed a creative work. Dr. Maria Montessori, 'The Secret of Childhood', Orient Longman Limited, 200.

DSC_0104Insert pipe-cleaners into the packing peanuts to make wings. 

DSC_0104  We used a glue gun to make pom-poms-mouth.  

DSC_0104  We also used a glue gun to attach pipe-cleaners to the roll.

DSC_0104Paint the packing peanuts with different colors.

DSC_0104Let the child explore his/her creativity!

DSC_0104While the paint was still wet, Adrian attached the matching color feathers. 
DSC_0104Our Thanksgiving Inspired🦃Turkey.

Whether you 🎉celebrate Thanksgiving 🦃holiday or not, the 🗓Month of November is a month of 🙏Gratitude, and I am wishing you a blessed, bountiful and a happy Holiday Season and a Happy 🦃Thanksgiving! There is always something to be thankful for! And it is not the happy people who are thankful, but rather thankful people who are happy. So, I am wishing you much happiness and many special family times this holiday season!

We did another Thanksgiving Craft also using paper mache technique: see here "🙏Thankful 🌳Tree🍂 • 🦃Thanksgiving Inspired ✂️Craft."

For more on holiday-inspired unit study, see here our activities round up "🦃Thanksgiving Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study."