We were lucky to recieve a box set of Mr Men Books to review recently and as a blast from my childhood I couldn’t wait to get them out and look at them with J (T is still a bit too young and I really want to get the Little Miss set for her). If you haven’t met Mr Men they are by Roger Hargreaves and are a fun set of characters with names like Mr Bump who is always having accidents, Mr Messy who is a funny scribble and Mr Happy.

teaching emotions to preschoolers

I really love the simplicity of the drawings within the books and we took it as an opportunity to explore some emotions. J is really good at identifying Happy and Sad, but he’s not sure on some of the others so selecting the most appopriate books from the box we sat down with a mirror while T was having a nap and made some faces. With 47 books there was plenty to talk about, we’re going to look at opposites with some of the other books as well.

Using our small bathroom mirror we sat together and J watched me first make faces in the mirrors that went with some of the characters that we had read about. I made sure first off to show him the Mr Men book and then my face which usually made him giggle and then we had a guessing game with the faces before handing the mirror over to him.

mr men box set

He was great flicked through the different books and choose his favourite Mr Men book and then made the face in the mirror, with Mr Happy and Mr Sad he was brilliant but Mr Uppity his favourite book looked just like Mr Happy. It was great to watch him try and pick my faces out though (and no I haven’t got any pictures of me making the faces).

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. I’m just waiting to have my youngest assessed for autism (it’s looking highly likely he has got it) so this is activity is just perfect for him. He seems to recognise sad on tv but that’s it. Thanks for this post.

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  2. Oh I have such fond memories of the Mr Men books. When my brother and I were little my mum made us a set of the characters, just drawn and coloured on paper and cut out (I haven’t inherited her drawing abilities, sadly!). They were played with until they fell to pieces, despite many sellotape patch-ups!

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