Do you discuss emotions with your little one? Maybe he or she is frustrated and  not quite sure how to express those emotions? We created this Emotions Wheel to aid in discussing big feelings with little ones.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper Fastener
  • Single Hole Punch (optional)

Step 1: Cut a large circle from cardboard. (We used a large bowl to trace the circle.) Paint if you'd like and allow to dry - we used cardboard that was already printed red.

Step 2: Cut six smaller circles from cardboard. (We used a cup to trace the small circles.)

Step 3: Paint the small circles and allow to dry.

Step 4: Cut facial features from cardstock and glue to each circle. We made faces for Happy, Sad, Surprised, Angry, Sleepy and Scared.

Step 5: Glue the circles around the edges of the large circle.

Step 6: Cut a few small squares from cardboard. Glue two to the center of the circle. 

Step 7: Cut a triangle and rectangle. Glue the shapes together to form an arrow. Punch a hole at the end of the arrow.

Step 8: Punch or poke a hole in the center of the last small cardboard square.

Step 9: Insert the paper fastener - already connected to the arrow - into the square. Glue the final square on top of the other squares.

Use in a lesson/discussion on emotions or as a fun way to communicate emotions!