Melissa & Doug Wooden Bear Dress-Up Play Set

One of the first ways children learn about emotions is by recognizing different facial expressions.  Once babies and children are able to differentiate between various faces, they can then start to understand the different emotions, feelings, and behaviors associated with various expressions.  This helps to enhance social skills as they begin to read the facial cues from those around them.

This wooden puzzle with various faces is a great way to start the conversation with your child about recognizing emotions in others.  While your child is playing, you can also enhance social and emotional learning by saying things like, "Mr. Bear looks angry.  Why do you think he is angry?  How do you think Mr. Bear's body feels when he is angry? What do you think might help calm him down"? 

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