Feelings Game

Ideal for Infant, Toddler

Baby sitting on the floor smiling and playing.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to identify others’ feelings by their facial expressions. Recognizing emotions in others and themselves is a first step for children in healthy social-emotional development and positive relationships.

Materials Needed: Printed images of people expressing a variety of facial expressions (from the internet or your personal photo collection)

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Slowly show your child each photo and describe the person’s feelings. “This person is feeling happy. She’s smiling and her eyes are crinkled.”
  2. Go through the images again. Ask your verbal child to identify the feelings depicted in each photo.
  3. Ask your child to show you a variety of facial expressions. “Can you show me happy?” “Yes, you look happy!”

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