Emotional intelligence is such an important life skill! This fun activity uses felt pumpkin faces to help children recognize and explore different emotions.
My four-year-old daughter Anna loves activities, and she is a very expressive child. She went all in with this simple emotional intelligence activity!
How to Use Felt Pumpkin Faces to Teach Children Emotions
Jack O’ Lanterns are incredible emotional intelligence tools! In the past I have used Jack O’Lantern Chains to explore different emotions with my kids. This year I cut out felt pumpkins for my daughter to decorate. It was an easy activity to pull together, and she liked it enough to add a lot of bling to her pumpkins!
How to Make Felt Pumpkin Faces
These felt pumpkin faces are easy to make! All you need is orange and black felt. Cut the orange felt out in the shape of a pumpkin. Cut various shapes out of the black felt to make eyes, noses, mouths, and eyebrows. My daughter LOVED the eyebrow pieces, and I admit that they add a certain dramatic flair.
Using This Activity to Teach Emotions
Anna and I sat together and made several different faces using the different felt shapes. These first three images represent our happy, sad, and surprised faces.
Anna decided to really extend this activity! She pulled out some metallic autumn confetti she had been hoarding and added it to her versions of these faces. Yes, my four-year-old already hoards craft supplies – but she does put them to use!
She then proposed gluing the pumpkins to the wall. We compromised by gluing the pumpkins onto construction paper, which we then taped to the wall.
They make for fun and festive kid-made Halloween decorations!
Can you tell that she changed her mad face to be a worried face?
If you don’t have felt on hand and don’t feel like buying it, just use construction paper for this activity – or white paper with orange and black crayons! Turn our wall of pumpkins activity into a wall of emotional pumpkins!
More Pumpkin Themed Activities for Kids
We created this activity to go with 5 Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino. It’s this week’s book for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. My co-hosts came up with some great activities for this pumpkin learning theme – check them out!
Pumpkin-Themed Alphabet Learning Activities for Kids
- Alphabet Matching Pumpkin Rocks from Inspiration Laboratories
Pumpkin-Themed Name Learning Activities for Kids
- Name Spelling Pumpkin Patch Activity from Still Playing School
Pumpkin-Themed Number Learning Activities for Kids
- Pumpkin Counting Printable from Craft Create Calm
- How Many Segments? Pumpkin Math from Teach Beside Me
Pumpkin Themed Sensory Learning Activities for Kids
- Pumpkin Sensory Play with Water from The Educators’ Spin On It
- Sensory Pumpkin Craft from Mama Smiles
Pumpkin Themed Learn by Cooking Activities for Kids
- Roasting Pumpkin Seeds with Kids: A Five Senses Experience from To Be a Kid Again
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Mama Smiles
- Cinnamon Pumpkin Brownie Recipe from Mama Smiles
Pumpkin Themed Science Learning Activities for Kids
Pumpkin Themed Color Teaching Activities for Kids
- Easy Colorful Mosaic Pumpkins for Kids from Toddler Approved
Pumpkin Themed Pre-Writing Activities for Kids
- 5 Little Pumpkins Fine Motor Busy Bag from Views From a Step Stool
- Retelling with Finger Puppets from Chickadee Lit
- Suncatcher Pumpkins from Clare’s Little Tots
- Pumpkin Light Box Letter Formation from Adventures of Adam
Pumpkin Themed Shapes Learning Activities for Kids
Free Printable Pumpkin Shape Puzzles from School Time Snippets
THE 2016-17 VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS
Click on the image above to see all of the themes, books, and activities for this year’s 2016-17 Virtual Book Club for Kids! I’ll update the page as new posts go live.
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