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Hello, Little New-Yorkers! How are you feeling today? Feelings can go up, down, and all over the place; sometimes I feel happy, sad, grumpy, mad, silly, and glad all in one day! Using words to describe our feelings can help us understand them and communicate with others about what’s going on inside. With our activity this week, we’re practicing just that! We’ll be reading Grumpy Monkey, written by Suzanne Lang and illustrated by Max Lang, and creating our own feeling monkey face with expressive features and feeling words.
Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Printed grumpy monkey face and features templates (Print Template 1 & Template 2)
- Gluestick, tape, or stapler (something to use for attaching)
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, crayons
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in your monkey and features
Use your coloring materials to make your monkey your own. Does your monkey have purple ears and a mustache? Ours certainly does. Get creative and use your imagination.
STEP 2: Cut out features
Carefully cut out the feeling eyes and mouths you’ve colored in so that you can attach them to your monkey’s face.
STEP 3: Experiment!
Try out different combinations of eyes and mouths and think about how your monkey feels. Try some grumpy eyes with a silly mouth! Mix and match and talk about how we show feelings on our own faces. Try to recreate your monkey’s feeling features yourself–how do you move your eyes and mouth when you feel silly, grumpy, or happy?
STEP 4: Choose an expression and word to describe it
When you’ve settled on an expression you like, look closely at your monkey’s face and choose a word to describe how they might be feeling. We decided our monkey looked relaxed, so we wrote that feeling word on the blank line under the face. How does your monkey feel? What word can you choose to describe it?
One of our kid artists suggested making your feeling monkey face into a mask! How do you feel today? Let your monkey do the talking and choose features that show how you feel. Cut out the face and attach it to a popsicle stick. You can also create your own features for your monkey to show the full range of emotions we humans experience!
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!