September is Faces & Feelings Month | Early Start Discovery Space

September is Faces & Feelings Month


September is a month to express our feelings and explore the differences between us all.
With a full program of games, creativity and fun developed in collaboration between our Education team and Early Start Researchers, this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our uniqueness and celebrate  others.



Add your face to our evolving Faces & Feelings Gallery in the Pod and see how many different people are a part of the Discovery Space. If you would like to contribute your image or your child’s face to the Gallery please follow these steps:

1.       Complete Early Start Discovery Space Talent and Release Form
2.       Take a picture, displaying an emotion on your face.
3.       Send the completed Talent and Release Form and picture to 

If you have any further questions please contact the Early Start Discovery Space on 02 4221 3777.


  • EVENT 1 : Speaker Series Talk
    Tuesday, 25th of September (6pm – 7:30pm)
    Parent/carer talk.
    Join our expert Early Start researchers Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewitt and Dr Steven Howard who will explain what self-regulation is, why is it important for children’s development and success in life and ways parents can foster children’s self-regulation skills. Come armed with your questions as there is opportunity to talk and ask!
    This is a ticketed event & information will be available closer to the date.
  • EVENT 2 : Self-Regulation Day
    Wednesday, 26th of September (9am – 6pm (extended hours)
    Family/children’s activity day.
    A full day of activities informed by the Early Start researchers designed to challenge and expand your child’s ability to self-regulate their behaviour, emotion and social interactions in a fun and intentional way. You can find out more about PRSIST here.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Wednesday, 19th of September
The Discovery Space will be celebrating Talk Like A Pirate Day in style this year, with a number of extra special activities over the course of the day. These include taking over the Antarctic Expedition ship, a treasure hunt throughout the Discovery Space, and a number of extra special pirate themed story time activities. Don’t miss out on one of the best days of the year!


11.30am & 1.30pm
Enjoy a diverse and exciting range of Faces & Feelings Activities that will be on rotation for the month including:

  • Exploring Your Face
    Use mirrors to explore your face and talk about the things that make you both different, but also the same.
  • Make a Face
    Use a number of provided materials to try and recreate some key features of the human face.
  • Moody Masks
  • Create your own Moody Mask that represents how you feel.  Will your mask have a big smile or a frown?  Will your mask be yellow or red or a mixture of colours? Find out by participating in this creative activity.
  • Dance the way I feel
    Get into your groove with this activity, as you move and sway your way around the Discovery Space according to how the music makes you feel.
  • Feelings Walk
    This interactive adventure will take place throughout the Discovery Space, as we take a walk through the experiences and talk about how they make us feel.
  • Mime Class
    What does it take to become a mime? Find out as we role-play a range of different scenarios only using our facial expressions and bodies.  Will you be able to make it through the whole class without making a sound?

Plus, Yoga everyday!
Throughout September join us for Yoga at 9:30am and 2:30pm daily.



Week 1 : Tuesday 4th – Sunday 9th September
Face Prints
Pair up with your child for an exciting activity, using Perspex frames to paint directly over each other’s face (without getting messy!)

Week 2 : Tuesday 11th – Sunday 16th September
Colourful Feelings
Paint the way you feel using a variety of exciting colours. Which colour represents which emotion?

Week 3 :  Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd September
Clay Character Faces
Use clay to make an exciting range of faces! After you’ve made your clay face, see if you can guess how it might be feeling.

Week 4 : Tuesday 25th – Sunday 30th September
Fruit Faces
Use a wide range of expressive fruit and vegetables to recreate different faces and types of emotions. Explore the work of artist Arcimboldo by creating your own Fruit Face using props from our Market Place. Don’t forget to take a snap of your artwork and add it to our Faces & Feelings Gallery.
Please note: The weekend sessions on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th have been specifically designed for older school aged children 6-10 years (although children aged 4 and 5 can also participate).

Daily STORY TIME Sessions

10am, 12pm & 2pm Everyday in the Book Nook, with the following titles being read throughout the month:

  • Have you filled a bucket today?
    Enjoy Katherine Martin & David Messing’s guide to daily happiness for young children, including a post story time activity where children will be able to discuss the relationship between colour and emotion.
  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster
    Come and help your child explore their feelings in Glad Monster, Sad Monster, a book by Anne Miranda & Ed Emberley
  • The Very Cranky Bear
    Discuss ways that you can overcome being cranky in Nick Bland’s The Very Cranky Bear.
  • In My Heart: A Book of Feelings
    Explore how different items, activities and actions make children feel particular emotions in Jo Witek’s book In My Heart.
  • Let’s Make Faces
    Have loads of fun with your little ones as they pull some of their favourite faces in Jeannie E. Roberts Let’s Make Faces!