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Emotions Activity for Preschool – Easy DIY Feelings Cup

Emotions Activity for Preschool – Easy DIY Feelings Cup

Emotions Activity for Preschool and Beyond – Easy DIY Feelings Cup

Emotions activity for preschool diy cup game

This emotions activity for preschool and other young kids is a fun way to break down emotions and start important conversations about feelings with kids! Keep on reading to see how simple it is to make and to get our free printables!

How to Bring Up Feelings with this Emotions Activity for Preschool

What I love about this simple craft activity is that it displays emotions in an easy-to-understand way for young kids. The twistable cup is a hands on and interactive way to move through the many emotions and discuss the feelings one a time.

Stop on each one and have your kiddo try and name the emotion. Then, discuss the what, why, and how someone might feel that emotion. You could even take turns acting out what the emotion looks like, or you can play a fun game where they do an emotion and you try and guess how they are feeling. This is a great opportunity for language development and setting the stage for social-emotional awareness.

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How to Make This Emotions Activity for Preschool

Setting up this emotions activity for preschool and beyond couldn’t be easier! All you need is two cups and our free printable! After taking just a few minutes to set it up, you’ll have an interactive tool to spark conversations about all things emotions and feelings!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make This Emotions Activity

Setting up this emotions activity for preschool and beyond couldn’t be easier! All you need is two cups and our free printable! After taking just a few minutes to set it up, you’ll have an interactive tool to spark conversations about all things emotions and feelings!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Emotions activity for preschool diy cup game

Free Printable for This Emotions Activity for Preschool and Other Young Kids

We made this DIY activity extra easy for grown ups with this free printable. Instead of having to draw your own people and emotions, all you have to do is print, cut, and paste! Easy peasy!

Grab either the Little Ellen printable, the Elmo printable, or both – they are free and so fun to use!

Read on below for the step-by-step instructions and you’ll see just how easy it is to make this emotions activity for preschool and beyond.

For more printable activities, be sure to check out our full collection, including countless bundles that cover many different early childhood education skills!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab our free printable and cut out the images.

Step 2

Tape the image of the body to a cup and cut out the blank space where the face is all the way through the cup – there should be a hole now.

Step 3

Then, paste or tape the facial expression cut outs to another paper cup, make sure to not overlap.

Step 4

Place the facial expression cup inside the body cup and rotate to see the different emotions. Discuss the names for each emotion and what they mean.

Step 1

Grab our free printable and cut out the images.

Step 2

Tape the image of a body to a cup and cut out the blank space where the face is all the way through the cup – there should be a hole now.

Step 3

Then, paste or tape the facial expression cut outs to another paper cup, make sure to not overlap.

Step 4

Place the facial expression cup inside the body cup and rotate to see the different emotions. Discuss the names for each emotion and what they mean.

Benefits of Learning about Emotions

Emotions and kids go hand in hand! The earlier we discuss emotions, the easier it will be for kids to express themselves, explain how they are feeling, and have an understanding of social-emotional awareness for others.

This may help them understand that some days we are happy and some days we may feel sad, and that is okay! Plus, it is a great opportunity to discuss how we should feel comfortable sharing our emotions and not hiding them or stifling those feelings inside.

At a young age, it’s hard to understand emotions and how they play into everyday life, but this game shines a light on them to open up the conversation!

Emotions activity for preschool diy cup game

The best part about this fun cup activity is that you can let the kids take over and spin to find out which emotion to talk about. This is a great way to break down the various emotions and talk about each one in more depth and detail. 

Emotions activity for preschool diy cup game

Benefits of Learning about Emotions

Emotions and kids go hand in hand! The earlier we discuss emotions, the easier it will be for kids to express themselves, explain how they are feeling, and have an understanding of social-emotional awareness for others.

This may help them understand that some days we are happy and some days we may feel sad, and that is okay! Plus, it is a great opportunity to discuss how we should feel comfortable sharing our emotions and not hiding them or stifling those feelings inside.

At a young age, it’s hard to understand emotions and how they play into everyday life, but this game shines a light on them to open up the conversation!

The best part about this fun cup activity is that you can let the kids take over and spin to find out which emotion to talk about. This is a great way to break down the various emotions and talk about each one in more depth and detail. 

More Emotions Activities for Preschool and Beyond

Here are our top picks on games you can play to continue to learn all about emotions!

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Emotions Wheel

A wonderful tool to learn about emotions and regulating feelings. This is a great way to reinforce emotional vocabulary to describe how a child is feeling.

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Build a Face 

This wooden puzzle is all about building a face and displaying emotions! The parts are magnetic and great for hand-eye coordination in addition to social-emotional development.

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An Emotional Pineapple

This toy is like Mr. Potato head, but with extreme emotions! There are 26 different features to explore. It is also 2-sided so you can discuss multiple emotions at once.

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Book About Emotions

This is a fantastic book about emotions. The main characters are crayons and each of them have their own feelings and emotions that they express inside the book.

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Positional Words for Kindergarten and Preschoolers

Positional Words for Kindergarten and Preschoolers

Positional Words for Kindergarten and Preschoolers

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This printable set of worksheets is all about positional words for kindergarten and preschoolers to learn, review, and reinforce! Positional and directional words describe the positions and directions of objects and people and knowing them is a very important skill in language development for early learners! Keep on reading to get them!

What are Positional and Directional Words?

Positional and directional words describe where an object is located or positioned in relation to other things. For example: on, over, between, in front of, before, and after. They are also known as prepositions and they are typically learned when kids are in preschool and kindergarten.

The great thing about positional words is that they’re words that we use each and every day. So just using these words in conversation with your kiddo will get them on the right track!

 

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Sneak Peek at these Positional and Directional Words Worksheets

With over 20 pages of unique activities, this packet provides so many opportunities for kids to learn, reinforce, and review positional and directional vocabulary. 

During preschool and kindergarten, kids will start to be able to identify these words, and this packet of worksheets is a great place to start! It covers 32 different positional and directional words and includes flash cards and over a dozen other fun activities to practice all those words!

Sneak Peek at these Positional and Directional Words Worksheets

With over 20 pages of unique activities, this packet provides so many opportunities for kids to learn, reinforce, and review positional and directional vocabulary. 

During preschool and kindergarten, kids will start to be able to identify these words, and this packet of worksheets is a great place to start! It covers 32 different positional and directional words and includes flash cards and over a dozen other fun activities to practice all those words!

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Making a Positional Word Binder for Kindergarteners and Preschoolers!

We converted our worksheets into a reusable binder. In the video above, you can see how easy it is to make a resource like this that will last and can be used multiple times and with different children. 

By laminating the sheets, they are not only more durable, but they become erasable when used with dry-erase markers. Additionally, using velcro stickers for the more hands-on activities allow all the pieces to stay inside the book so you won’t lose any parts!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Print out the worksheets.

Step 2

Laminate the pages to make them reusable.

Step 3

For the pages with cutouts, cut them out and use velcro stickers for a firm stick!

Step 4

Use a hole punch and place the sheets into a binder.

Step 5

Enjoy learning and using the binder time and time again.

Step 1

Print out the worksheets.

Step 2

Laminate the pages to make them reusable.

Step 3

For the pages with cutouts, cut them out and use velcro stickers for a firm stick!

Step 4

Use a hole punch and place the sheets into a binder.

Step 5

Enjoy learning and using the binder time and time again.

The Importance of Positional and Directional Words

Learning positional and directional words is so important for kids in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. This is all about language development and building vocabulary.

A child that understands these words will be more able to follow directions and have a better understanding of spatial awareness.

Additionally, mastering these words builds a foundation that will later help in both geometry and geography. 

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The Importance of Positional and Directional Words

Learning positional and directional words is so important for kids in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. This is all about language development and building vocabulary.

A child that understands these words will be more able to follow directions and have a better understanding of spatial awareness.

Additionally, mastering these words builds a foundation that will later help in both geometry and geography. 

Other Early Childhood Educational Resources You Can Print!

In addition to our positional and directional words worksheets, we have lots of other bundles that are fantastic for kindergarten and preschoolers to play and learn with!

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All About Shapes!

Over 25 pages of activities all about shapes – from matching, to recognizing, to writing, and even making a shape pizza!

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All About Colors!

Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can get hands on while learning all the different colors of the rainbow and beyond!

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How to Write Letters

Learning how to write can be tricky, but these printable books are a fantastic way for kids to learn letter formation, trace, and then write each letter! Available in lowercase too!

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Number Cards

This printable set comes with cards numbered 1 through 20. Each card is filled with different themed objects to count and practice number recognition!

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