This week, we had a lot of fun guessing and discussing what 表情符号 (biǎoqíng fúhào / emojis) represent.
My daughter is familiar with 表情符号 from seeing me text my husband, and she always asks me to text him 表情符号 with 心形 (xīn xíng / hearts)! <3
By following my daughter’s curiosity in emojis, I created an emoji matching activity with sticks and slots!
This was a fun activity that teaches emotions with Chinese reading practice of emotion names.
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Initially, she thought they were so fun, but after a couple of days she was bored of them.
She said we could give it to baby brother, who then tried to eat them…
So I brainstormed how we could extend the utility of the 表情符号 craft sticks.
I grabbed pieces of cardboard and wrote the names of the craft sticks next to each slot.
I put the sticks in a pile next to the cardboard and left it in the kid’s play area.
The next morning, I was so curious to see what my daughter would think! She woke up before me and already “finished” the emoji matching activity!
In fact, she was deep into imagination land, pretending that the emoji faces were on a school bus, driving around town!
She told me that all of the faces saw their names and sat in the correct seat wearing their seat-belts.
Learning activity success!
Important vocabulary about emotions:
- 伤心 (shāngxīn / sad)
- 难过 (nánguò / sad)
- 快乐 (kuàilè / happy)
- 兴奋 (xīngfèn / excited)
- 紧张 (jǐnzhāng / nervous)
- 生气 (shēngqì / angry)
- 没脸 (méiliǎn / no face, embarrassed, ashamed)
- 惊讶 (jīngya / shocked)
- 贪心 (tānxīn / greedy)
- 沮丧 (jǔsàng / downcast, depressed)
- 累 (lèi / tired)
- 恶心 (ě xīn / nauseous)
- 泪泪 (lèi lèi / teary)
What you need for emoji matching activity with sticks and slots:
How to set up emoji matching activity with sticks and slots:
- Cut circles
- Draw faces on each circle. Black pen looks best for the brows, eyes, and mouth, and crayon looks great for tears and blushing
- Label craft stick with emotion name
- Affix faces to corresponding stick
- Cut slits into cardboard
- Write emotion name next to slot
- Match emoji stick with corresponding slot
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