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Emotional Literacy Activity - Mirror Mirror on the wall  Sunday, 19 May 2019


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - (Kings Meadow School 2005, Primary Behaviour Curriculum, Kings Meadow School, Northampton)

This activity is great for helping children to recognise the different facial expressions linked to emotions.  

The players will each be given a mirror to hold. They look into it and chant;
Mirror, Mirror on the wall
Who is the most…….. one of all?

The players then make a face with the emotion that you have suggested e.g. angry, happy, pleased, scared etc. Prepare to end with a complimentary face e.g. handsome, beautiful, kind etc. Going around the group, ask them to tell the mirror what makes them feel that way. If players find this difficult ask their neighbour to say something positive for them.

Benefits of playing this game:

  • Develops emotional literacy
  • Develops play skills essential for healthy development
  • Develops turn taking skills
  • Develops their cognition
  • Develops their role play skills
  • Develops their language and communication skills
  • Develops relationships and social skills
  • Develop creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • Develops sharing and waiting skills
  • It is fun, cheap, highly beneficial and simple.