Emotions and Dinosaurs

Here's a (nearly finished) painting I'm making for my daughters fourth birthday. I am hoping that representing emotions as dinosaurs will help help her (us) learn (remember) that emotions are temporary, transient things that don't define how we will feel forever. And it is fun to name nearly everything with an "saurus" after it and make wacky made-up-osauruses.

I chose fear, joy, sad, anger, peaceful and powerful as the main emotions. In order to highlight the interdependent and connected nature of feelings I surrounded the primary emotionsaurs with bunches of playful dino-esque characters. We've been having fun naming, creating stories and adventures for all of the emotionsaurs. She is especially enthralled by the pooposaurus. 



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