Identifying and Mimicing Facial Expressions with Emotion Charades

Doing emotion charadesDo your children ever find it hard to read faces?   I know that some kids, especially those in the Autism spectrum, struggle with identifying emotions that they see in others.   This is a fun activity that might help your kids learn about how their emotions are visible to others and maybe will help them practice self-control.   I know my face often shows the way I feel. This was a great preschool “drama” activity.


What we needed:

  • A big cutting board to cover our bathroom sink
  • A relatively clean bathroom mirror
  • A camera (optional: for reviewing later)


We practiced making happy faces, silly faces, dog faces, grumpy faces, sleepy faces, etc.   The kids had a blast!   They also had fun afterward, looking through the pictures I had taken of them and their faces.   It was fun for me to have them explain what the emotions were that they were trying to convey.emotion charadesemotion charadesemotion charades


  1. That is a cute game! It’s also great in toning facial muscles *wink*. Thank you for visiting my blog Rachel. Always a pleasure meeting new friends!


  2. This is a neat idea! I’ll definitely try this when my son gets a little older. Thanks for all the projects, and for checking out my blog on the UBP! Hope you’re having a great week!

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