My First Book of Emotions for Toddlers

My First Book of Emotions for Toddlers

Title: My First Book Of Emotions For Toddlers by Orlena Karek, MD

Why I Chose this book: I chose "My First Book of Emotions" for toddlers because it helps them learn about feelings using simple words and colorful pictures. It's easy for them to understand and can start conversations about how they're feeling.

Reading Comprehension Questions:

18 months to 3 years old:

  1. What color is the happy face in the book?
  2. Can you show me your happy face?
  3. How do you think the character feels when they are sad?

4-7 years old:

  1. Why do you think the character is feeling angry in the story?
  2. Can you tell me about a time when you felt surprised like the character in the book?
  3. How do you think the character's friends could help them feel better when they're sad?

Craft Idea: A simple craft idea for "My First Book of Emotions" could be making emotion face masks using paper plates. Here's how:

  • Paper plates
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Craft sticks or string

  1. Give each child a paper plate.
  2. Have them draw different emotion faces on the paper plates using markers or crayons. They can draw happy faces, sad faces, angry faces, surprised faces, etc.
  3. Once they've finished drawing, help them cut out the center of the paper plate to create a mask shape with a hole for their face.
  4. Attach a craft stick to the bottom of each mask using glue or tape, or punch holes on each side and tie string through them to make a wearable mask.
  5. Let the children hold up their emotion face masks and talk about each emotion, asking them to make the corresponding facial expressions.
  6. Encourage them to role-play different emotions while wearing their masks, mimicking the expressions they've drawn.
  7. Have fun and explore different emotions together!

This craft is simple, interactive, and reinforces the concept of emotions in a hands-on way, perfect for young children learning about their feelings.

Snack Idea: Here's a simple and fun recipe for making an emotion plate snack with fruit:


  • Assorted fruits (e.g., strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, oranges, grapes)
  • Plain yogurt or whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips or raisins (optional)
  • Honey or maple syrup (optional, for added sweetness)


  1. Wash and prepare the assorted fruits by slicing, chopping, or cutting them into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Arrange the fruit pieces on a plate in different sections to represent different emotions. For example: 
    • Happy: Use strawberries to form a smiling face.
    • Sad: Arrange slices of bananas or apples into a frowning face.
    • Angry: Use slices of oranges or grapefruit to create a scowling face.
    • Surprised: Arrange grapes or blueberries to form wide-open eyes and a round mouth.
  3. Once you've arranged the fruit into different emotion faces, add a dollop of plain yogurt or whipped cream to the center of each face to represent the mouth.
  4. Optional: Use chocolate chips or raisins to add eyes or other facial features to the emotion faces.
  5. Drizzle honey or maple syrup over the entire plate for added sweetness, if desired.
  6. Serve the emotion plate snack immediately and enjoy exploring different feelings through delicious fruit!

This snack idea is not only fun and creative but also provides a healthy and nutritious treat for kids to enjoy while learning about emotions.

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