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Fun with Emojis: An “Emotional” Fluency Activity

Whether it’s a simple winky face or an encouraging thumbs up, emojis can bring a bit of fun to everyday communication.😊 But did you know that you can use emojis to improve your child’s reading, too? It’s true! Here’s how.

download fun with emojis activity

Preparing Your “Fun with Emojis” Activity

  1. Download the “Fun with Emojis” Activity and print either the color or black and white emoji cards.
  2. Cut out the emoji cards, place them in a hat or basket, and shake them up.
  3. Print the practice sheets that most accurately represent your students’ reading levels.
  4. Cut out the sentences and place them in another hat or basket.
sentences and emojis in fun with emojis activity

Playing “Fun with Emojis”

It’s time to have some “emotional” fun! Have your child choose an emoji card and a practice sentence.

boy selects a sentence in fun with emojis activity

Encourage your child to read his sentence with expression, using the emotion displayed on the emoji card.

boy makes sad face in fun with emojis activity

Continue choosing emojis and sentences, giving your child plenty of practice reading with expression. If needed, consult the Emoji Key on page 2 for help with identifying the emotion represented by the emoji cards.

Check out how much fun our activity testers had reading with expression in the video below!

More Ways to Play

Get really emotional! Turn up the fun a notch by having your child choose one sentence and four or five emoji cards. Then have him read the sentence multiple times, with a different emotion each time.

boy makes scared face in fun with emojis activity

Can the other players guess which emotions are being expressed? Give it a try!

two boys play with fun with emojis activity

Here’s another idea: act it out! After your child chooses a sentence and an emoji, have him read and act out his sentence … with expression, of course!

Are you an All About Reading user? Here’s a bonus idea for you: laminate your emojis and store them in an envelope. Then whenever fluency practice needs a bit of spicing up, just pull them out and emote! Fluency practice and fun at the same time? That’s what I call a win-win!

What’s your favorite way to make fluency practice fun? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by: Christine Zell

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Kirsten

says:

Great idea!

Sherry

says:

This will be a big hit with both my fluent reader and my struggling reader! I have 2 drama queens so this is right up their alley! Thanks for all the neat ideas to keep things interesting in our homeschool!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Sherry! Have fun with the drama. 😊

Catherine Olson

says:

I love reading activities that are low ability high interest for my older elementary students. This is great.

Kim Allmon

says:

Thanks for the article…my almost 3 year old grandson loves texting “pops” using emojis. They’re just silly to him, but I can see how it might help him learn later.

Joseph Meyer

says:

Awesome

Cheryl Gilmartin

says:

Great for the Kids

James Stringham

says:

who knew emojis could be fun.

Danny G

says:

this is a lot of useful info..thank you.

Fun idea for kids! My daughter loves emojis!

Rebekah M

says:

Thank you for this post. My children love emojis and acting silly. Never thought about putting them together for a reading activity. Best part..it makes them better readers.

This looks really fun! I’ve been looking for ways to discuss emotions and different feelings for things. This is a fun way to do that

Jen warf

says:

Looks like fun!

Erika

says:

This is cute! My son would love this! Thank you!

Kimberley H.

says:

My daughter would love this.

Veronica Andrea Pineda Florez

says:

Amazing ideas,I really apreciate all your efforts. GOD BLESSING…!!!THANKS

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, you are welcome, Veronica.

Helen

says:

My daughter loves emojis so this is perfect for her!

Brandy

says:

What creative and fun ideas! Thank you!

Melody

says:

Can’t wait to try this with my teens just for fun. 😜 They still read flat and I’m especially excited to try the multiple emojis with the same sontence without punctuation. 🙂

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I know my teens would LOVE this, Melody! 😎

Melissa

says:

This is a great idea. An easy way to help kids understand emotions/expression and have fun.

despina

says:

love it! thank you!

wendy lambert

says:

I love this.

Sarah Bout

says:

Incorporating emoji’s, which almost every child loves and is familiar with, is a brilliant way to help children to add expression to their reading!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I agree, Sarah! I especially love how emojis don’t seem “young” or “babyish”, so older remedial readers can be as excited by this activity as younger learners. 😊

Aimee

says:

What a great idea – we will try this today!

Dana Weate

says:

This is a great idea! Love it!

Amy Alexander

says:

What a fun idea!

Anna

says:

This is such a great idea to make kids read expressively not passively! Heritage language learners can benefit from this as well.

Lisa

says:

This looks fun!

Safia

says:

This looks like fun!

Erin Davis

says:

Ha, ths sounds like a fun way to practice reading!

Cheyenne Wilkerson

says:

Awe these are cute. My 4 year old actually really likes emoji’s and I can use these for her since she’s started pre-k formally with her big sister in our homeschool (:

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Cheyenne,
Yes! There are so many ways this emoji activity could be adapted for all sorts of games, some educational, some just fun. I’d love to hear how you use them with your pre-reader.

Cheri

says:

Has anyone else tried emojis with their autistic child? How did it go?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great question, Cheri! We have had a few let us know they were going to try it with an ASD student, but we haven’t heard back yet how it went. I’ll keep an eye out for it though and get back to you.

Laura L

says:

As a teacher of students on the spectrum I am curious how this went with other groups too. I plan on trying it as well.

Beth Lovoy

says:

A great helper!

Sarah Gillespie

says:

This will be great to try with my 6 year old!

Lacy

says:

Looks fun! I love emojis and so do my kids! What a great idea!

Makala

says:

Looks like fun! My littles will love it!

Amanda

says:

This sounds fun! Can’t wait to try it out.

Georgia Stapleton

says:

I would love to learn more about All about Reading.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Georgia,
Do you have any specific questions or concerns? I’d love to help you learn more about All About Reading.

Take a look at our homepage, especially the video there (just scroll a bit). It does a great job of giving an overview of our programs.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Kim F

says:

My kids will love this!

Kelly M

says:

Thank you! This is just what I needed to add some variety and fun to our reading lessons.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Kelly! I hope it adds a lot of fun to your reading lessons.

Joy H

says:

What a fun activity

Joanne van der Merwe

says:

Love this idea! It would serve a dual purpose when working with children on the spectrum and working on emotion.

Crystal

says:

This sounds like so much fun! Need to try it with my son

Kellie

says:

Oh, I love this idea. We are working on reading with emotion, so this is the perfect activity!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

This activity is perfect for learning to read with expression, Kellie! I hope you and your student(s) have lots of fun with it.

Bobbie

says:

I have a child who loves emoji anything right now so these are cute and perfect!

Hanna D

says:

I’m excited to try this with my daughter! She is loving all the games for level 1. I had no idea that doing this curriculum would be so much fun! Very glad I chose AAR.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hanna, I love that you, as well as your daughter, are having so much fun with All About Reading!

Kaie

says:

Sounds like a great way to make reading fun instead of a chore….

Angie

says:

We love to play charades with our words and emojis!

Stephanie Rojas

says:

Love the last suggestion of having your children act out their expression sentence. My daughter is very animated and would thia game!

Charlene A

says:

My daughter’s bday party was emojis. She will absolutely love this game. She’s a struggling reader, we are super excited to see her reaction with this! Thanks.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Too bad we didn’t get this game out in time for your daughter’s birthday, Charlene, but tell her a happy belated birthday from us! I hope she has lots of fun and gets some good reading practice in with this game.

Kendra

says:

Looks like a fun way to practice reading fluency and reading with expression

Tanja

says:

Thanks♥

Nicole

says:

Very creative!

This sounds like a fun new game to play. Never would have thought of this one.

Mary Rose Esguerra

says:

Thank you very much for this, Marie!
I’m excited to emoji-read with my kiddos! 😁

Mandy

says:

Looks like an activity that can double as teaching emotional intelligence!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Mandy,
Yes! This activity could be a fun and low-risk way to practice recognizing and responding to emotions.

Beth

says:

This is awesome. My son loves emojis.

Hazeline

says:

Interesting idea

Amy

says:

My girls would absolutely love this! They would have a blast!

Luz Gutierrez

says:

I hope this is the answer I’ve been searching for my emotion programs!

Katie

says:

This looks super fun! I’ll definitely be doing this with my daughter.

Julie

says:

Fun! We love some emojis! 😍

Shayla

says:

This is going to be a very fun activity for my kiddos!! They love emojis!

Sharen

says:

Wonderful

Melissa

says:

thank you

Stefani

says:

Sounds like a fun idea to try. Thanks so much, I look forward to incorporating it into our lessons :-).

Laura Sendejas

says:

I can’t wait to use this with my students!!! Thank you!!!

Amy U

says:

Great idea! Considering making this a game for my homeschool co-op!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amy,
I think this game could be hilarious in a group setting! I can just imagine some really dramatic readings. 😉

Alejandaac

says:

This would be great for my kid, to make easier her classes :)

Emily

says:

We recently read The Grump in level 2 and really enjoyed practicing expression. I also appreciate that I can modify these extras for my child with special needs. This can be used for helping him identify different emotions!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Emily,
The reading with express activity in level 2 is a great one, and being able to read with expression is important for comprehension.

However, I didn’t think how this sort of activity could be helpful for children that may have difficulties identifying emotion but you are right! It could be a great way to work on that skill in a low-key and fun way. I’d love to hear how it goes with your child.

Kecia B

says:

This would be so fun for my kindergarten son and my ESL students!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kecia,
Definitely! This activity will be a fun way to practice reading for any student.

Deborah

says:

What a great idea! Will be doing this ASAP!

Kassi J

says:

What a great activity and how fun to use the emojis! My kids will love this and won’t even realize that learning is taking place.

Sarah

says:

I am looking forward using the All About Spelling with my two boys. I think it will help both of them. My oldest is a little bit dyslexic.

Lesley R

says:

What a great way to re-enforce the learning!!! Thanks for the pdf!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Lesley. I hope your student(s) has a lot of fun with emojis!

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