Emoji makes

If parenting was a series of emojis, it’d be smiley face, angry face, face palm, poo…

To make today a smiley one , we’ve got 5 emoji-themed crafts to keep kids busy while you get 5 minutes for you. Emojis are super simple to draw for pre-schoolers, and older kids love them too, so this is the perfect activity for siblings. The older they are, the more they can do by themselves.

Sorry, we can’t guarantee there will be no poo, though – there’s always poo.

1) Smiley face: Make a paper plate mask

What you’ll need: paper plate, yellow paint, black marker, pink paper, tape

What to do:

1. Ask your child to paint the plate bright yellow.
2. When it’s dry, help them cut out eye holes.
3. Now they can add other features with black marker – eyebrows, nose, mouth. Remember to keep them away from soft furnishings and clothing when using markers! [cross face]
4. Finally, they can cut out a pink tongue to stick on.
5. To help them wear the mask, tape a strip of card around it so it fits on their head.

2) Spinner winner Make emoji pencil toppers

What you’ll need: yellow paper, crayons or felt tips, pencil, tape, glue

What to do:

1. Fold a piece of yellow paper in half. Cut out a circle, leaving a folded part in the centre so when you open it out, you have two circles joined together.
2. Now kids can turn each side into a different emoji.
3. Tape a pencil inside the fold, and glue the faces together. Now get spinning!

3) Edible emojis We’re always happy when there’s cake!

What you’ll need: shop-bought cupcakes, yellow icing, icing pens

What to do:

1. Kids cover the cupcakes in yellow icing.
2. Once dry, they can have fun drawing emoji faces with icing pens!

4) In the bag Perfect for parties or to tidy toys away

What you’ll need: a paper bag (yellow if possible), yellow, black, red and white paint

What to do:

1. If you’ve got a white bag, ask your child to paint it bright yellow all over.
2. When dry, they draw a face on it. Ta-da!

5) Finger paint fun Make a fingerprint emoji face

What you’ll need: paper, yellow paint, felt tips

What to do:

1. First your child finger paints lots of little yellow circles.
2. When they’re dry, they draw faces with felt tips. So cute!