DIY Emotions Board Book

Emotions Board Book

Teach your baby or toddler about emotions and get your older children involved by using them as your models to create a DIY emotions board book. I was inspired to do this brilliant idea by No Time For Flashcards. For more ways to teach your child about emotions click HERE.

For this activity you will need
-Board book kit
-Scrapbook  paper or card stock
-Pictures of facial expressions
-Double sided tape

Hold a photo shoot! We used Isabella’s older cousins who she absolutely adores!

Have the kids model each emotion

They had a lot of fun with this, especially the silly face

Get your pictures printed.

Write out each emotion and cut it out

Measure your scrapbook paper to fit each page and cut them out

Tape the the emotions labels to the bottom of the scrapbook paper and then add the corresponding pictures

Tape the emotions pages to the blank board book

 The final product


Read with your baby or toddler!

She loved looking at pictures of her cousins

I am the first to admit I am not very crafty, so this book is very basic. You could make it as fancy or simple as you would like. You could add stickers and embellishments to the pages if you wanted to make it look really cute!

I don’t think that this would hold up to the destruction that toddlers can unleash, so I think I will be taking the individual scrapbook pages and getting them laminated.

This is a great way to teach your baby or toddlers about emotions and empathy. While reading this book with them label the emotions and for older kids talk about a time in which they had felt that particular emotion.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.


  1. says

    This is a great post. I like all the faces the kids are making to express emotions. Please stop by the first ever Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 and add a link to this post. It is a new linky featuring posts about arts, crafts and play activities. I hope to see you there.

    : 0 ) Theresa

    • brit_m says

      Yes, of course! Thank you for the reminder, I always meant to put it but never got around to it. It is up now. I also saw them online at Walmart afterwards and they were several dollars cheaper there. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Laura says

        Thank you so much! I’ve never seen those before. I can’t wait to make one of these books. I am a preschool special education teacher and would love to make this for one of my students.


  1. […] Helping kids create their own feeling faces book is another great way to help them recognize and discuss emotions.  You could have them draw pictures of faces showing different emotions.  Or, you can take photos of the child “modeling” the different feelings.  Here’s how B-Inspired Mama used this idea to make a custom-made feelings book, as shown above.  For other examples, see No Time for Flash Cards’ DIY Board Book about Feelings and Love, Play, Learn’s DIY Emotions Board Book. […]

  2. […] Through play children learn pro-social behavior. Pro-social behavior is a voluntary concern and caring for other people’s welfare and acting in ways that show this concern. Pro-social behavior includes empathy, sharing, kindness, helping, sympathy and cooperation. Children that learn pro-social behavior tend to have more friends, do better in their education, and are overall well rounded. The first way that children learn pro-social behaviors through play is through pretend play and role playing. By acting out different scenarios children are allowed to experiment with pro-social and non pro-social behavior. When children pretend play with others, the benefits of learning pro-social behaviors increases because they need to cooperate with others to act out a certain scenario. Another way children learn pro-social behavior through play is by simply playing with other children. When children express non pro-social behavior, being mean or pushing someone, the other children will react in a way that will serve as a negative reinforcement. Be sure to praise and provide positive reinforcement when you see your child exhibiting pro-social behavior. For more on developing Empathy head HERE and HERE. […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>