Making Faces


Purpose: Show your child that you enjoy her company and help her feel good about herself.

For this Activity you will need:

  • The book: Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

  1. Hold your child on your lap and say, "Let’s read a book."
  2. Show your child the book and let her look at the cover if she shows an interest.
  3. As you read the pages, talk with your child about the faces on each page and why you might make them. For example, you may say: "Look at the boo hoo face. I can make a boo hoo face, see?" Demonstrate a sad face for your child. Then say, "Can you make a sad face? Sometimes you make a sad face when you don’t want me to go to work."
  4. After you have read the book, let your baby hold it and look at it.


Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Hold your baby in front of a mirror and make different faces. Encourage her to do the same.
  • As you child expresses different emotions, talk with her about them. For example, "You have a sad face and are crying. You must not want me to change your diaper right now. I will change it very fast, and then we will play. Won’t that make you happy!"

Background Information:

Social & emotional development involves:

  • Getting along with others.
  • Making and keeping friends.
  • Handling emotions.
  • Expressing oneself.
  • Wanting to learn new things.
  • Starting and finishing an activity.
  • Taking responsibility for actions.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help your child’s social and emotional development by doing this activity with your child.

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