DIY Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart – Free Printable

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Are you looking for a fun way to teach your child about emotions? Or maybe you have a child who is struggling to convey their emotions and need some extra support? These DIY emotions clothespin activity charts could be a great addition to your day.

Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart, includes a free printable!

I was scrolling Pinterest the other day and saw these adorable DIY clothespin paper puppets from Mom Crafters. My sister-in-law had just given me a huge package of clothespins knowing that I would come up with something for them. Clothespins are a great way to practice pincer grasp and other great fine motor benefits. As soon as I saw these clothespin puppets, I knew I had to come up with something.

We are starting preschool this year with my daughter and I'm beginning to set up our space. This is going to go right next to our calendar and help to give us a prompt to talk about emotions each day. Plus she can practice that pincer grasp needed for future handwriting activities while sharing about how she feels during the day.

DIY Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart

Here is what you will need to complete this activity:

Download the Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart Below

Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart, includes a free printable!

The first thing you will need to do is print off the free printable of the emotions clothespin activity chart and graphics. I've included a chart for both right-handed and left-handed children (left-handed is pictured above). Just keep in mind that the placement of your emotions circle graphics will depend on what hand your child uses with the clothespins. I made ours for right-handed users since we are all right-handed.

Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart, includes a free printable!
  1. Cut out all the emotions circle graphics (there are 3 pages of them included for girls, boys, and gender-neutral emoji options).
  2. Take your glue dot and place it on the flat side of the clothespin.
  3. Press your emotion circle graphic onto the glue dot and hold it for a few seconds so that it sticks.
  4. Make sure your circle emotion graphic is centered on the clothespin and also that the clothespin is facing the correct way for a right-handed or left-handed user.
Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart, includes a free printable!

After your emotion clothespins are ready, decide where you want to hang your emotions chart. I used two Command Brand strips to hang ours to the wall. You could also use magnets on your fridge or hang it with a clip.

Use the bottom of the chart to clip all your clothespins. Keep in mind, this area will not fit all the ones I provided in the download. Just pick out one graphic for each emotion word to use with your chart.

Emotions Clothespin Activity Chart, includes a free printable!

You could also convert this chart to be magnetic by including a small magnet on the back of each emotion graphic and hanging the chart on a magnetic surface.

Are you looking for more ways to help your child learn about their emotions? My Emotions Postcards give you the tips and suggestions you need for introducing emotions to your child.

They are also helpful for children who are struggling with sharing their emotions. You can use these at home, in the classroom, or in a therapy session to help children identify how they are feeling. Plus equip yourself with how to encourage self-regulation of emotions.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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  1. The information you write and the printable stuff + everything is fantastic, short to the point. Wonderful wonderful!!!

  2. This is really useful and interesting but with all the pop ups I can’t see how to download the free printable.
    What is the link?

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