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Feelings Arts and Crafts
Make a book from construction paper and magazine pictures, with children portraying all different emotions. Let the kids decide which emotion the picture portrays, then act how they would make that emotion. Then, you can let them cut pictures from magazines to have an emotion poster of their own.
Angry Alex Apple
Directions to make Alex Apple Puppet:
Alex Apple is very simple to make but he must be made three days before the lesson is to be taught.
What you will need:
Use the knife to cut a small slice off of the front of the apple. The exposed apple (the white part) will be used as Alex's face. Push the toothpicks into the "face" where the mouth, nose and eyes will be leaving a half inch of the toothpick exposed. Then, get creative!! You can push carrots or celery or grapes, etc., onto the toothpicks to form the eyes, nose and mouth. It really isn't important what Alex looks like. Leave the apple out for a few days so that it gets really shriveled up. This is how Alex's face looks when he gets angry. (If you did not read this in time to make the puppet three days ahead of time, begin with the second lesson, Bashful Betty Buttons)
Meet Angry Alex Apple
Before the children can meet Alex, ask them to say their magic words. When Mr. Turtle comes out of his box, pretend like he is whispering in your ear. You should appear very upset by what you are hearing. Say things like, "I can't believe Alex did that" and "What a terrible thing to do!" Tell the children that Mr. Turtle would like them to meet a student named Alex Apple. Bring Alex out of the box and introduce him to the class. Ask them to come up one by one and say, "Nice to meet you, Alex." Each time a child says, "Nice to meet you, Alex" have Alex say something rude like, "Go away. I'm angry!" or "Leave me alone, I'm angry!" Read them the following story:
Story - Alex Acts Angry (Day One)
Alex Apple was the first one to the drinking fountain at recess. He was just about to get a drink when a bigger kid ran over and pushed him aside. Alex was angry!! "Aaaaaaaaaa!!!" Alex yelled. He curled his fingers into a fist and punched the kid right in the stomach. The big kid began to cry and the play ground teacher came running over. "Alex Apple!" she said, "Go to the classroom and sit in the thinking chair." Alex spent the rest of his recess in the thinking chair feeling even more angry than before. In fact, Alex was so angry that he sat in the thinking chair and yelled, "Aaaaaaaaaaaaa!!" over and over and over again until the teacher finally called his mother to pick him up early.
1. Why was Alex so angry?
2. Did Alex have a good reason to be angry?
3. Is it OK to feel angry?
4. What did Alex do that was not OK?
5. What could Alex have done instead of hitting the bigger kid in the stomach?
6. What do you do when you are feeling angry?
Angry Alex Apple Day Two
(Before the children arrive, you will need to make another Alex Apple. This one should be made exactly like the first one but it should be fresh and not shriveled up. Put it in the box with Mr. Turtle and the original Alex) Bring the original Alex out of the box and say, "Alex, your face is all shriveled up like a prune." Encourage the children to make angry faces by saying, "Can you show Alex what his face looks like when he's angry?" Have a mirror at the circle to show them their angry faces. Then, tell them the following story:
Story: Mr. Turtle's Magic Words
The day after Alex was sent home early, he ran into another problem. He was sitting on the classroom carpet lining farm animals up from smallest to biggest when somebody accidentally knocked over his animals. Alex was so angry! He opened up his mouth, took a deep breath and just as he was about to scream, "Aaaaaaa!!" Mr. Turtle threw an apron over his head. (Thank goodness Mr. Turtle had been cooking his famous apple strudel at the time and was wearing his apron.) "Alex," said Mr. Turtle, "Where are your words?" "What words?" Alex asked. "Have you lost all of your words?" Mr. Turtle asked again. "I don't know what you're talking about, Mr. Turtle," Alex said. Mr. Turtle reached into his shell and pulled out a book. "Here, Alex. This book is full of magic words. Please stop yelling all the time. You are giving me a shell ache." Alex opened the book and on the first page were two words; PLEASE, DON'T. On the second page there were two more words: THANK YOU. And on the third page there was one, whole sentence: I WILL TELL THE TEACHER IF YOU DON'T STOP. The rest of the book was empty. Mr. Turtle said, "The next time you feel angry, use your new, magic words instead of screaming and punching people. The empty pages are for you to think up magic words of your own." For a while, Alex carried his magic words around in his book and used them whenever he felt like screaming. He even added some magic words of his own. But, after a while, Alex got so good at using his magic words that he gave his book away to a friend.
1. Did Alex have a good reason to be angry?
2. Is it OK to feel angry? (Of course it is OK to feel angry. But it is not OK to hit or scream at everybody when you're feeling angry?
3. What were the magic words in Mr. Turtle's book? Can you remember?
4. Why did Alex look better after he learned to use the magic words?
Meet The New Alex Apple
Put Alex Apple into the box and pull out the fresh apple. Say, "Look at Alex's face now! He's not all shriveled up like a prune anymore. He must be using his words instead of his angry fist. Let's all give Alex a big clap!"
(See below for more Alex Apple activities)
Make a large chart and have each child contribute what gives them a smile on their face.They are always touching and amusing plus the parents love to see their child's response.
Make happy faces out of playdough that can be baked(or dried) and painted.You only need to cut out a circle and decorate.They can then be given as gifts, made into magnets(depending on thickness)or glue a pin on the back to wear.
Have the children make a paper plate puppet with a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other.Tell a story or read sentences about things that would make a person feel happy or sad.Can lead to a discussion on opposites or emotions.
"I have something in my pocket
It belongs across my face
I keep it very close at hand in a most convenient place
I'm sure you couldn't guess it
If you guessed a long, long while
So I'll take it out and put it on
It's a great big happy smile!"
Give the children big yellow circles of construction paper. Let them use glitter, markers, stickers, etc. to decorate their smiley face...then punch holes in the circle, thread with yarn, and then let them wear their smiley face necklaces!
We sing the childrens favorite song "If you are Happy and you Know it", afterwards we play a "hot potato" type game where went the music stops and you have the potato you choose a partner and you do whatever it takes to make that person SMILE. It is loads of fun and the teachers laugh just as much as the students do! Skills; logical thinking, interacting with peers, taking turn, singing, following directions.
I put out all sorts of magazines and newpapers and ask the children to cut out only pictures of SMILES/Teeth, and have them make a picture. I make it into a contest by asking for the picture that is covered the most with smiles.(otherwise my children this year, would choose one ortwo pictures and be done!).
We took teeth shapes and had our precious ones paint them with white paint using old toothbrushes. Then after they had dryed we took a smile shape and had the child trace the shape on large red construction board. They cut out their teeth, cut out the center of the smile and glued the teeth to the back side of the smile...so then we had a terrific red toothy smile! They parents got a big kick out of these. The skills are tracing, cutting, glueing and painting with different utensils.
When my son was first learning about smiley faces, my husband taught him how to draw them by teaching a little saying. They would say "A dot and a dot and a bi-i-ig smile" while they drew them. Even though my son wasn't old enough to draw them then, he still remembers the saying and says it now while is trying to draw them.
Another Smile Craft
Paper plates with buttons for eyes and nose, yarn for hair and POPCORN for smiles! looks like lots of teeth.