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What do feelings look like?

What do feeling look like?


Some of the ideas covered during this week might create different thoughts and feelings for your child. They might be excited at the thought of going exploring in the woods. Or they might be frightened at the thought of a creature like the Gruffalo living in the woods. They might be nervous at the thought that there are animals that come out hunting in the night. Or they might be frightened of the dark!


It is really important that children are encouraged to talk about different feelings. In doing so they realise that whatever they are feeling it's ok to feel that way. It ill help them to realise that everyone can have these feelings and that talking about feelings is important.


Talk to your child about their different feelings and share with them your thoughts too.

What makes them feel happy? What does a happy face look like? What colour do they think happy is?

What makes them feel frightened? What does a frightened face look like? What colour do they think frightened is?

What makes them feel angry? What does an angry face look like? What colour do they think angry is?

What makes them feel calm? What does a calm face look like? What colour do they think calm is?

Symmetrical Squish Paint Monster!


Talk to your child about what symmetrical means. Something is symmetrical when it is the same on both sides. A shape has symmetry if a central dividing line (a mirror line) can be drawn on it, to show that both sides of the shape are exactly the same.

When we are making our paint monsters what we see on one side of the fold we will see a mirror image on the other side of the fold.


To make your paint monster you will need paper and paint.

Big paper is good for this activity cut don't worry if you only have A4 size paper. Just be mindful that squishing can get a little wild and using large paper helps keep the squishes on the paper, not on the table! 

Fold your paper in half. Folds can be lengthwise (the hotdog way) or width wise (the hamburger way.) 

Next drip paint onto on half of the piece of paper. You can use one colour at a time or or plop several colours on and watch them mix.  It’s up to you. 

Fold the paper back in half and smooth over it with your fingertips to squish the paint around.

Unfold and talk about the pattern.

Add more paint and repeat until you are happy with the symmetrical shape you have created.

Finally add features ... eyes, nose, mouth etc ... to bring your paint monster to life!


We hope you enjoy the dripping and squishing of this activity. It is fun and unpredictable!

How is your monster feeling? Talk to your grown-up about ow your monster is feeling and ask them to label your monster with these different feelings.

Don't forget to upload a photo of your Symmetrical Squish Paint Monster to your 'My Work' folder on Purple Mash we can't wait to see what fantastic feelings monsters you have created!