23 January 2014

HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY? // MR PRINTABLES DIY FACE TOY

 Images via Mr Printables

Normally F is great at expressing how he feels and describing his emotions, but recently he has been getting frustrated and loosing his temper – whether it's his coat zipper getting stuck, puzzle pieces not fitting, being told not to climb on the table – basically anything can trigger it and the reactions can range from a stamping of feet to shouting, and the occasional physical lash out. For now I'm not worried as he's always been a super chilled kid, very gentle and kind to others. Currently I'm putting this behaviour down to a development leap mixed with his wanting to be more independent.

So when I saw this DIY Face from Mr Printables I had to share it with you. This great craft activity is perfect for teaching kids a range of emotions and also fun to make with these super easy instructions, not to mention how cool it looks. They say that teaching emotional intelligence to your child is the key to a happy adult so I'm hoping that this might help F be able to explain his frustrations and help me understand what's going on that head of his.


Check out my DIY and Crafts Pinterest board for other fun activities.


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  1. love this! I love the Mr Printables site.. my kiddos would love to make this one :)

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    1. So good isn't it! I could spend hours going through that site! x

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  2. Wow, this is awesome. I've never heard of the site, I shall check it out! x

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    1. There's so many goodies on this site! Enjoy x

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  3. love Mr Printables and really like the idea of helping him show his emotions through something like this. Wilf's tantrums are pretty easy to work out, it's either tiredness or hunger every time! xx

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    1. Bless Wilf! It seem like ages ago that I could pin F's moods onto those two things. I'll have to show the faces we made on Instagram soon x

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  4. This is brilliant! And could be very useful for Cherry at the moment, she is in the midst of the terrible three's and her mood changes every ten minutes! x

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    1. I hear you with the mood swings, it's hard to keep up! x

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  5. This is a great idea! I will have to try it out once my daughter is old enough to understand.

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    1. There's so many good things on Mr Printables, I hope you enjoy having a look through. I bet your daughter will love playing with this x

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  6. This is so cool! I have a feeling I'm about to get lost inside Mr Printables...

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    1. lol I hope you've got some time? See you in 2015 ;) x

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  7. Oh i love this! Off to have a look properly i think. I've never heard of Mr Printables, so thanks for sharing! x

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    1. Glad you like and I hope you have fun checking out the site! x

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  8. OMG this is FANTASTIC. Am going to share with the ASD groups I am on. Thank you!

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    1. So glad you like it and thanks for sharing! x

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  9. What a great idea! I think kids generally struggle to work out how they're feeling and be able to put it into words (as do us adults sometimes!).

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    1. It's certainly helping F describe how he's feeling more, although not so great when you're three year old tells you you're annoying ;) x

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  10. Awesome! I need to go and look at Mr Printables now!

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  11. Oh my they are fantastic - I think even if I felt grumpy after playing with those I would have a smile on my face ;) xx

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    1. I'm glad you like it, we certainly feel happy when we've played with ours x

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  12. What a fantastic idea. So useful to help children express their emotions

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    1. F is loving this activity and it's definitely coming in handy x

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  13. This is brilliant, I love it!! Although my 2 year old seems permanently grumpy at the moment so that would be hard - to have to look at 2 grumpy faces!! I think it's great though and I love the patterns in the detail of the face!

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    1. It's hard when they get grumpy as it does dictate how you're day is going to go. Hopefully there'll be more smiley faces than frowns with this one x

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  14. Oh I love it, expressing emotion is so difficult for children and also knowing its OK to have the feelings, like anger, jealousy and not feel they are 'bad'. Love the plate idea!!

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    1. I agree, it's so true not to label those emotions as bad or negative, and that it all about using our full range of emotions to be balanced and emotionally healthy x

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  15. Oh what a brilliant idea...will keep this in mind for when Bee is a bit older

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  16. Superb idea. Need to try it out with J. Think he will like it. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. oh this is very cool! i really like it :D

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  18. I love this - what a great idea x

    Thanks for sharing it x

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  19. This would have been fantastic when my son was little, he was late starting to talk and used to get frustrated. What a great idea!

    The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover

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    1. It's such a good tool to use, especially when trying to diffuse a situation x

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  20. That is BRILLIANT! I'm going to grab the templates right now.

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  21. That is such a fab idea for young kids! I think my youngest could have really find this beneficial when he was younger. Maybe even now.Thanks for telling us about this great product!

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    1. Mr Printables have some great ideas, I hope you find some you like x

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  22. Never heard of Mr Printables - this is brilliant!

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  23. What a great idea! I think it must be difficult for even the most articulate child to express their emotions all the time. Even most adults have difficulties from time to time!

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    1. So true! Hopefully this will give F some useful tools to use when he's older x

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  24. One of my favourite Mr. Printables projects too! Thanks for sharing ^^

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