Emojis are small digital images or icons that are used to express an idea, feelings, etc… in electronic communication. They are mostly used during texting or on social media.
Kids, tweens, teens, and even adults love using emojis. They are so popular that there is even an emoji movie. Since emojis have gained popularity I wanted to add these fun emoji faces to our summer camp arts and crafts program.
We did this emoji craft in our summer camp program for ages 5-16 and it was a big hit with all the age groups. It’s a great camp craft or fun to do with the kids at home.
The kids really enjoyed being creative by coming up with the different emoji faces. This craft is fun for the big kids yet easy enough for the little kids. Follow the step-by-step directions below to make fun emoji faces.
- Large yellow construction paper (we used 12×18 for large faces but you can use smaller)
- colored construction paper
- hot glue (optional)
- wide popsicle craft sticks
For younger children, you may want to pre-cut some large yellow circles or make circle tracers. Prior to starting the craft, I used hot glue to glue popsicle sticks onto the back of the circle.
Using hot glue is optional, you can certainly have the children use Elmer’s glue to glue the popsicle sticks on. I like using hot glue because it drys quickly and holds better.
Prior to starting the craft I also pre-cut some shapes to use on their emoji faces. I cut out some long strips for hair, hearts, circles in various sizes, and other basic shapes. This step is optional. If you are working with children ages 6 and up. I would recommend having them cut out all the shapes.
Making Fun Emoji Faces
Step 1: Have the kids trace large circles on the yellow paper for the emoji face. For the younger kids (ages 4-6), I already had the pre-made circles.
Step 2: Have some pre-made shapes or let the kids cut out shapes to glue on their emoji faces from the colored construction paper. Here is where it gets fun.
Encourage the children to use their imagination and come up with fun ideas to add to their emoji faces. One of our kids made the hair on him, another made there’s look like the emoji was wearing lipstick and eye shadow and had lots of bows.
Step 3: If you did hot glue a popsicle stick onto the back of the emoji face prior to starting the craft you can have the children use Elmer’s glue to glue a popsicle stick on. Let dry.