What an amazing creative week this has been at our house. We just wrapped on a BIG shoot with Magnolia Journal. Plus, Alt Summit sold out in 2 hours yesterday! Last year it took 24 hours, so this was even faster than I expected. 

But I confess, I’ve been very homesick for Design Mom all week, and really happy to be back at my laptop this morning. The big post I’m working on is the Master Bath & Closet remodel (finally!). I will share it later today as soon as it’s done. But first, I came across this Design Mom post from a decade ago and wanted to share it here. Amy Turn Sharp (the social media poet we should all totally be obsessed with), wrote about a super easy project, called an Emotion Wheel, that she created with her son. And I think it’s so smart and so helpful for anyone trying to communicate with young children this summer.

Here’s what Amy says:

A really simple project Finn and I worked on recently was to make a feeling/emotion wheel.

We took two pieces of cardstock, no actually we cut two identical circles from our cereal box and used the blank sides. I used my X-acto knife (don’t ya just love any excuse to get it out?) to cut a two-inch square on the top circle near the edge. We then attached the circles together with a paper fastener (or a fancy brad if your a scrapper).

We marked with pencil several squares as We turned the top circle and then took the circles apart to fill the squares with photo feelings. Finn choose the feelings, and on that particular day they were nervous, happy, loving, angry, peaceful, and junky.

We took photos of him acting out these feelings and printed them out and pasted them on our squares. The whole project was quick and really rewarding as we talked a lot together about emotions.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a wheel attached to our faces? It would be great to just adjust an attitude by a simple turning motion near the ear and jaw bone. Even if it couldn’t change your mood, it could announce to the world the real way you’re feeling.

By the way, I like this wheel template for learning colors, letters, weather, words, and just about anything for any age. I plan on using it for our garden lessons by having Finn learn plants and vegetables! What would you make with the wheel?

If you like the idea of talking about your feelings you can always buy one of these bad boys — I love these Kimochi Emotion Dolls. I know they are pricey but how much are those darn American Girl Dolls? These sweet weirdos spark real conversations I think. Cool!


Isn’t that project the best? First of all, I love that one of the feelings was “junky”. So cute! Second, when she mentions how great it would be to have an emotion wheel attached to our faces, I laughed, because I feel like I’m the worst at hiding my emotions. Whatever I’m feeling is usually plainly displayed on my face. 

How about you? Is it easy for the people around you to see how you’re feeling? And would having an emotion circle be helpful for your kids? I think the key is making it together and getting to talk about the different emotions — and what they might be good for — while you create.