These feelings play dough mats help kids to identify emotions and develop their social-emotional skills. They’re suitable for pre-k, preschool, kindergarten or children with special needs.
Feelings Playdough Mats
I love these playdough mats for teaching kids about emotions because they feature simple facial expressions. So they’re easy for kids to replicate. There are two styles of playdough mats to choose from. The first set has the feeling faces shown on the large face. This is particularly useful for children who require extra visual support. The second version has a large blank face and a small face with the expression in the corner. So kids can refer to the small face if they forget what a facial expression looks like.
Preparation – Start by choosing the style that best meets the needs of your students. Next grab a selection of colored paper or cardstock. After that print the playdough mats and laminate them for added durability. Finally, grab some playdough and you’re set to go.
Playdough Mats with Blank Faces
How to Play – Begin by choosing a playdough mat. Read the emotion and talk about a time when you might feel like that. For example, you might feel sad when you miss someone. Next, grab some playdough and make that facial expression. Once the kids have finished making that particular emotion, they can either choose another mat or continue to work on that feeling with another activity. For example, they might draw a picture about a time when they felt that way.
Playdough Mats with Emoji Faces
I hope you love these playdough activities for teaching your students about emotions. There’s also a version with kids rather than emojis available here.
Emotions Posters and Flash Cards
You may also love this comprehensive set of feelings and emotions posters. You can learn more about them here.