The often exaggerated emotions of an emoji make them a fun way to visualize and discuss feelings with children. And, let’s be honest, their cute little dramatic yellow faces oftentimes match the big feelings of my own children 😆which I think makes them even more relatable! This paper plate craft for kids is a fun invitation-to-create where children can either recreate their favorite emoji or come up with their own brand new emoji face. It is a SUPER easy to prepare group activity for a classroom, party, or to celebrate World Emoji Day!
For an opportunity to learn through play, create a set of emojis to represent different emotions and talk about them as they are assembled. Discuss the facial expressions that may be found in each feeling. Once they are complete you can play a game where you describe a situation and the child can hold up the face that matches or how they would feel in the given scenario. These turned out so cute I think we may even add a few to our playroom wall as a feelings chart!
Here’s how to put together this quick and easy 5 minute paper plate craft for kids:
For more creative emoji crafts visit my article on the Zulily blog in celebration of World Emoji Day!
Emoji Creation Station
- Paper plates (yellow or painted yellow)
- Large craft sticks
Step 1: Prep this activity by cutting out a variety of shapes from colored paper to be used as eyes, mouths, and different expressions.
Step 2: Choose facial features to glue onto a yellow plate.
Step 3: Secure a craft stick to the back to make an easy to hold mask.
Tag me on Instagram to share your paper plate mask with us!
And don’t forget about World Emoji Day on July 17!!