This drawing by a 6-year old Angry Bird fanatic was used to prompt a little conversation exchange about what eyebrows do when we’re angry, and what a frown looks like.
Using the language of facial expressions (green behaviour cog vocabulary) typically leads to children copying and pulling different facial expressions themselves. They are also more likely to observe and comment on the expressions displayed in pictures, photos and real faces if encouraged to look closely.
Emotion Works conversations aimed at building vocabulary can be supported by selecting and placing relevant symbols on the picture as shown here, or next to a photo, or even held up beside an actual face.
If at the level of learning about the cog concepts then the colour coding of the symbols help children to recognise that ‘angry’ matches the orange emotion word cog, and the words ‘eyebrows’ and ‘frown’ are words associated with the green behaviours cog.
If at the level of making links between the cogs then the symbols could be placed on a cog prompt card, which can then be laid along side eachother to make the following association: when the Angry Birds are angry – they show it with their eyebrows / they frown