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Paper Plate Emotions

Goal of Activity:

Using paper plates we will be making masks to express our emotions! Children will be able to learn to express their feelings by creating this activity.

Do you ever find it difficult to express the way your feeling? Learn how to express yourself and learn about the emotions that you may face while making this fun paper plate emotions! This activity is perfect to do with your friends or by yourself. You can make a puppet show, or you can play a guessing game and see how your friends are feeling when they hold the paper plate up over their face. The possibilities are endless!


  • Markers

  • Popsicle Sticks

  • Paper Plates

  • Scissors

  • Glue

Activity Steps:

Step 1: Gather all of your supplies. We are going to need, makers (any colors will do), popsicle sticks, paper plates, scissors and glue.

Step 2: Grab your paper plate and scissors. I am going to ask for my parent’s permission before I cut the paper plate with the scissors. We are going to cut it our plates in half. Take the plate in one hand, and hold the scissors in another

Using the scissors cut the plate in half, so you have two halves. The plates are going to replace the bottom half of our face.

Step 3: Flip the paper plate over so, we are going to start with the back side. Write the emotion that you want your paper plate to be. That way, you can learn the names of the emotions. For example, your worried mask may look similar to your scared mask. If you forget, you can flip your paper plate to the back side and remember what emotion you are showing. For mine, I am going to write silly, because that’s how I am feeling today. You can write whichever feeling you would like.

Step 4: Once you are done writing your emotion, flip the paper plate back over to the front side and grab your markers. I am going to use a black marker but you can use whatever color you would like. *

Step 5: Draw your face! I am going to start by adding a nose to my paper plate and then a mouth. Since my face is silly, I am going to draw a smile with a tongue sticking out. But you can draw whatever you would like to express your emotion. For example, if you chose happy, draw a mouth that is smiling!

Step 6: Now that our plate is all done, we are going to flip the plate back over to the back side. Take your popsicle stick and add a small drop of glue to the top part of the popsicle stick.

Next, place the popsicle stick in the center of the plate.

Step 7: Wait for the glue to dry. It should take about 10 minutes for the glue to completely dry, then its ready for use.

Step 8: Test out your paper plate mask! Hold it up over your nose and mouth and admire your work!

Repeat as many times as you like until you are happy, or until you go through all the emotions! If you enjoyed making paper plate emotions, we have many more blog post like these, please visit our website to find all of our activities. See you next time!

~ Made By: Becky B.

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