The Power of Parenting

Monday, 18 January 2021

New Activity: My Feelings Book

As you look at magazines with your toddler, talk about faces that you see. Encourage him to identify emotions in the pictures, and then cut them out and paste them into a scrapbook. Spending Comfort, Play & Teach™ time creating a special book will help your toddler learn and talk about his different feelings.


You will need:
  • Magazine pictures showing different emotional expressions (e.g., sad, happy, mad, surprised)
  • A scrapbook
  • White glue and paper plate
  • A glue stick or popsicle stick



  • Tear pictures from the magazine so it is easier for your toddler to select those he wants to paste in his scrapbook.
  • Pour some glue onto a paper plate and demonstrate how to dip the stick into the glue and spread some on paper.
  • Encourage your toddler to press pictures into the scrapbook.
  • Ask, "Is that a happy face or a sad face?" Write down the word that labels the feeling, to help build your toddler's language and literacy skills.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:


  • Cuddle up with your toddler and make time to look at the book you created together. Asking her to share her ideas about the pictures makes her feel valued and gives her a chance to talk about her own feelings.



  • Your toddler can create his own pictures that represent his feelings. He can select crayons that are “mad” colours or “happy” colours and use them to draw. Encourage him to tell you about what he is drawing and then add his art work to the scrap book.



  • Model coping with emotions, using words like, “This makes me feel sad/happy.” By talking through emotional experiences with your toddler, she learns words to describe her own feelings and begins to understand the feelings of others.