Aside from my obsession with new recipes and saving money, my whole goal in life is to trick my second-grader into thinking learning is fun. His teachers have mastered the art of deception. I … on the other hand … well, I’m working on it. Here’s the proof.
Your Emotions are Written All Over Your Face [craft]
When I saw The Art
Faces activity, I knew it was a future art project for my son. I pinned it until
the time was right. Since my diagnosis with breast cancer, I’ve spent a lot of
time thinking about its impact on my kids, particularly my almost-7-year-old
The time was right to do this project. It could open up a
conversation about emotions - how he’s feeling and how I am, too. Plus, it was
just good old-fashioned fun. Before we got our art on, we read a wonderful book
about feelings. I’d recommend it for kids of all ages – toddler on up.
Now I gave my son some fun scrapbooking papers to choose
from for a background, a cut-out of a face, and some chipboard I’d cut from an
empty cereal box.
First, he drew hair on his head. I made one too, but used
brown paper to replicate my bob hairstyle.
Now, he glued the patterned paper onto the chipboard and
then glued the face in the center of it, using a glue stick.
I encourage you to visit Doris’ blog; she recommends using a
hand drill and large plastic needles with an eye. Since I don’t have either, we
made do without, but I’m sure these tools would have made the project easier.
Instead we used my husband’s cordless drill to poke holes in
the face template’s open circles (6 for each face: 2 for each eye and 2 for the
When this was done, we clipped pieces of yarn and folded them
in half. Then to make it easier to thread the yarn through the holes, I used
some scotch tape at the ends (like the end of a shoestring).
Once through the
holes, I tied knots in the back, making sure to leave slack so the yarn
eyebrows and mouth could be manipulated into a variety of expressions.
Lastly, we glued on some big googly eyes. The next day when
the eyes were dry, we both played with our faces, going through a whole gamut
of feelings. It was bonding at its best.
NOTE: If you’re not
following Doris’ art blog, start now. There are SO many wonderful ideas on The Art Annex!!