What you can do with the picturebook

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You can use the picturebook 'Hapy' for a lot of activities with children. Here are some ideas.

By working on the subject of 'feelings' in an artistic way, children can learn a lot while playing.

Drawing a fish with feelings
Children can draw a fish with a feeling. They can choose an emotion they want to express. They have to make up there own fish. A fish is in fact a face with a tail so you can give it a lot of feelings. Children can give an emotion to the fish by placing the mouth and the eye on a certain place. Colours also can help to express the feeling.
You can get beautifull results by using paint or oilpastels.

Sketches
When you ask children to make a drawing, some of them quickl say that they are finished. Therefore it's often a good idea to let them make sketches first. Then they are more concentrated when making the real drawing.
Sketches can be made by pensil on newsprint of other cheap paper.
Ten minutes of sketching is enough. Avoid erasers. After ten minutes the children can choose the best sketch and make it in colour. You can get very beautifull pictures with expressive material as paint, oilpastels and ecoline.

Making a fish with paper maché
You need:
- Balloons in differend shapes
- Paste for wallpaper
- Different colours crepe papier and wax paper
- Big brush
- For the second round: paint and brushes

Children choose a feeling they want to express.
They take a blown up balloon. They cut or tear pieces of paper. Put paste on the balloon an stick it full of pieces of papier. All the paper has to be saturated with glue. When it is finished you hang the balloonin a wire for drying.

When the baloon is dry you can make a tail and fins or scales. The mouth and the eye can also be painted.

Making up stories
Children can tell there own story by a fish. Ask them for insantce why the jealous fish is jealous. Or 'What happend to this fish that he is so sad?'
You can use this for a conversation in a class or let the children write there story.

Express feelings
Children can express a feeling. It's like acting. When you have to express that you are nervous, you can think about something that makes you nervous.

Talking about feelings
In a conversation with children about feelings, they can learn a lot about each other and themselves.
Show them the angry fish and ask: 'who has been angry?Or who has been glad or brave? What has happened?
What did you feel? Were you proud on yourself?'
Listen to what the children tell and anticipate on what they say.

Mentioning feelings
When something difficult has happened it sometimes helps to mention the feeling.
What has happened? Are you sad? Are you angry?
For children it can be difficult to talk about their emotions. It feels safer to appoint to a picture of a feeling.

You can also tell a story out of a book and ask the children about the feelings in the story.

Your own story about feelings
Children can tell a story about the emoions they felt when something happened.
For instance: at first I was furious, than sad, than angry on myself. Now I am proud on myself.

Mindmap
Children draw a mindmap of a term (for instant angry or scared). In the middle of the mindmap you put the term. From there you draw boughs to all the sides. In every bough you write a association of the term. You can also make pictures.

In this way problems can get clearer and more structured.

Find differences between related feelings.
Ask children if they know the difference between happy and glad and satisfied.

 

An example of a mindmap