LEVEL: Preschool

OBJECTIVES: The pupils should be able to:

1. identify the different emotions presented to them
2. draw faces showing different emotions

MATERIALS: Balloons, markers, nursery song about emotions, Preschool Worksheet on Emotions, pencils, big version of the worksheet on chart paper, board or easel, watercolor

TIME FRAME: Around 20 to 30 minutes


1.) Show several balloons to the children and tell them that the face on each balloon shows an emotion.2.) Unlock vocabulary by showing the balloon and naming the emotion shown on the “face” of that particular balloon. The emotions for this level are as follows: happy, sad, angry, scared, surprised.

3.) Check the comprehension of the pupils by asking them to name the emotion shown on each balloon “face” one at a time.

4.) Teach them a song about emotions. You can make your own song or you can change the lyrics of a famous nursery song like the suggested song in this lesson.

Suggested Song: (To the tune of the nursery song “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands”)

If you’re happy and you know it, say “Haha.” (Everyone will say “Haha” and look happy.)
If you’re happy and you know it, say “Haha.” (Haha)
If you’re happy and you know it, then you surely have to show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, say “Haha.” (Haha)

a) If you’re sad and you know it, say “Huhu.” (Everyone will say “Huhu” and look sad.)
b) If you’re angry and you know it, make a frown. (Everyone will frown.)
c) If you’re scared and you know it, give a shiver. (Everyone will shiver and act scared.)
d) If you’re surprised and you know it, say “My gosh!” (Everyone will say “My gosh” and act surprised.)

5.) Repeat the song since little children like repetition as a rule and also for them to internalize the song’s message.

6.) Distribute the worksheets to the pupils. Ask them to count the number of circles on the worksheet. Count with them. Tell them that they will draw faces inside each circle one step at a time.

7.) Put the big version of the worksheet on the board or easel. Show how to make the different faces one step at a time. Ask the students to copy your steps. Move around to check each child’s progress.

8.) When all the faces are finished, tell the pupils to use watercolor to paint each face. They should choose light colors as much as possible. Explain how to use watercolor since little children have the tendency to use too much water. Tell them the water is just for cleaning and to wet the brush once in a while when it has become dry, but they should use more watercolor paint. It is better to demonstrate how this is done before the pupils use watercolor. Move around to assist each kid. Put as little water as possible for each kid to use so there is little temptation to play with the water.