Enjoy a healthy snack that helps you think about and share your feelings.
What you’ll need: Fruit and vegetables you can eat raw, like an apple, carrot, grapes, or cucumber, and a plate (Optional with adult supervision - a knife)
What’s it for?
This artistic activity focuses on identifying and sharing emotions in a fun way. Being able to identify and share your emotions can help you share the positive things in your life, as well as the areas where you might need support.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
Before you start, think about a few different emotions you feel some of the time. You might like to draw what these faces look like, or look in a mirror to practice. For example, what does a happy face look like? How does your face look when you are angry? What if you are surprised?
Make sure you have washed any fruit or vegetables you are going to use before you start.
Choose which feeling face you would like to create first. To make your face, you could bite (or cut with adult help) the eyes, nose, and mouth from your fruit. You might also lay different fruit on a plate to create a face. For example, grapes for eyes, cucumber sticks for angry eyebrows, and a carrot for the mouth.
After you've made a face with your fruit or veggies, can you name something that makes you feel that way? How can you tell if someone else is feeling that emotion? What might you do if you feel that way?
Try creating a few different feelings before you eat your snack!
Extra Activity: If you are working with another person, can you guess what emotions the other person has created? Could one of you act out someone feeling an emotion, and the other person make that face on their plate?
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Which faces did you create with your fruits and vegetables?
What emotion was the hardest to make? Which was the easiest?
Do you think it is easy or hard to tell how someone is feeling? What can make it hard or easy?
Who do you talk to if you have a difficult feeling, such as feeling sad or angry?
What is something you like to do when you feel positive, such as calm or happy?
This activity helps us identify and name different emotions, by creating faces out of a healthy snack. Being able to identify and talk about our feelings can make us more resilient and help us to share when we need help.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Heather Dingle © May 2021
Creative Arts Used: Art, Play
Psychological Areas Explored: Resilience, Emotional Literacy, Communication
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