For this activity you just need a paper towel roll and paper (I also use pipe cleaners for the arms and legs).
1) The child makes arms and legs for the cardboard roll and covers the bottom of the roll with paper.
2) Cut two slits on the front, top end of the roll next to each other (this is how the faces are held on the front).
3) Have the child make a variety of feelings faces based on his or her developmental level. Talk about masking feelings and how feelings can be bottled up when they aren’t expressed safely.
4) Take turns telling stories about the character and have the child guess the bottled up emotions.
For example, “Matthew looks really angry today in class. He was yelling at the teacher and won’t talk to his friends. But really he’s thinking about how his grandmother died last year…
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