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Toddler Time: Sharing Feelings and Emotions


Introduce toddlers and little kids to emotions using a feelings chart. It'll help them express themselves better.


A month or so ago I made a fun emoji pillow project  with the hopes of it helping my littlest guy express his feeling. Well, it worked.

At first it was a toy; he'd have fun playing with it and giggle when we switch from happy to sad faces. Then he started using it to tell us how he was really feeling. After a temper tantrum, usually through tears, he'd eek out, "Me happy now," with his arms outstretched looking for a hug.

It is his way of switching gears and starting over. There's nothing wrong (in fact it's an essential part of living) with feeling bad when you've acted poorly or made mistakes, but it is not healthy to hold onto those sour emotions after their importance has dissipated. I tell my kids all the time, "be like Elsa and let it go."

Back to the little one, since he's mastered the basic emotions we thought we'd introduce him to a few more by creating a Feelings Wheel, or Circle if you're looking at the pictures. It's super easy to make and perfect for older kids to put together.
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Kids Craft: Fish Mobile


These are a fun kids craft to make and use to decorate your little one's bedroom! Fish Mobile

I have given serious thought to year round schooling, but when we're nearing the end of our school year I always think, "NO WAY! I need a break!" Then after a couple hours on the first day of our break I remember why I considered year-round in the first place. Because that's when my daughter starts following me around the house professing her extreme boredom. 

Guess that means it's time to bring out the craft supplies and get creative! Honestly, if feels like forever since I crafted with them, so I'm filling the calendar with projects we all want to try! 

Let the little ones get creative making fish faces and patterns for this kids craft: fish mobile.

Here's the first on the list, a wee little school of fish to hang on the wall. 

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