OT Activity of the Day:
Pumpkins with Attitude
Target Age Range: 4 and up
Today we're making jack'o'lanterns and talking about our emotions/feelings at the same time. Being able to identify how one is feeling or identify those feelings in others is very important to self regulation and for basic social skills. For some children, this ability to recognize feelings in themselves and others is very challenging.
Here, we're using magazine clippings to build jack'o'lanterns of all emotional ranges. You can have your child pick an emotion to illustrate or you can challenge them by picking the emotion for them. If either challenge is difficult, you can always use a mirror and make the different emotions in the mirror with your child. You can then discuss what your faces look like and what the jack'o'lantern's face should look like.
Either way we're having fun and also learning, enjoy!