Recently I came across Reading Confetti’s Christmas Alphabet Sticker Tree: Learning Letters and my daughter LOVED the activity. Since I’m always looking for fun ways to teach her social emotional skills, I decided to modify the activity a bit to teach her about feelings recognition. It also turned into a great activity to get her talking about her feelings and emotions.
My crafting skills are minimal so I wanted to keep the activity as simple as possible. First, I drew a triangle on three pieces of green construction paper. I then cut out all three triangles.
Next, I glued all three triangles together as pictured below.
Then I cut out a rectangle piece of brown construction paper and a star from a yellow piece of construction paper to attach to our construction paper tree.
I wanted to add some flair to the tree so we glued some ribbon for decorative purposes. Washi tape would’ve worked well for this too.
The real magic for me was talking to my daughter about how Christmas makes her feel. First we looked at the emoji feeling faces stickers and talked about what feeling she thought each emoji feeling face meant. (This is the feelings recognition portion of the activity). These free emoji feelings recognition worksheets and activities can help guide that discussion.
Once we talked about the feelings faces, my daughter put the emoji stickers that represented how Christmas makes her feel on her Christmas tree. This part of the activity is about getting kids to reflect on and express their feelings.
My daughter was beaming the entire time she was working on this activity. It was nice to see that Christmas inspires such joy in her. This activity can also be done with children who struggle with the stress of the holidays, but might not know how to express how they are feeling.
My daughter could not get enough of this activity. She just loved using the stickers. The Emoji Sticker Pack I used, which I purchased from Five Below, comes with tons of emoji stickers. This was great because my daughter added some stickers that represent the things that make her feel a particular emotion. For instance, next t her happy face emoji she placed a sticker emoji of Santa Claus.
I really enjoyed working on this craft and I hope you do too!