Exaggerate Your Facial Expressions

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As your baby learns about emotions and expressions, bigger is better. So today, while reading books and telling stories with Veronika, it was all about exaggeration!

My go-to stories to tell are Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs. Both of these feature a range of emotions, and Veronika echoed them back to me on her face.

Goldilocks was so excited to find the yummy porridge!

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The bears were very concerned when they got back to the house.

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Mama bear was surprised someone had eaten her porridge!

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Hurray, the three pigs are safe from the big bad wolf.

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Books with baby faces can also help your little one learn about facial cues. We love Baby Faces by Margaret Miller, which simply features… baby faces! I point out each emotion to Veronika, made the expression on my own face, and tell her what she’s looking at.

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A useful activity to help your baby pick up on facial cues – an important skill for the lifetime ahead!

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