Right now, we are working on teaching our toddler the parts of her face. This activity is great for toddlers and preschoolers. When I worked in early childhood education, each year the class did self portraits at the beginning of the school year. This activity was inspired by the one my amazing former boss did, but I wanted to make something toddler friendly to share with you all.
- Piece of White Computer Paper
- Magazine Clippings of Noses, Mouths, and Eyes
- Colored Pencils
Start by taking your child to look in the mirror. Point out their eyes, their nose, and their mouth. Next, let your child pick out two eyes, one nose, and one mouth to use. I tried to give my little one a variety to pick from. After your child picks their face parts, let them glue the magazine clippings on the paper however they’d like.
The face might take a little bit to dry, but after its done drying, draw an outline for the face around where your child put the facial parts. If your child is over three, try letting them draw it themselves.
Next, let your child draw their hair and anything else they want. I helped my toddler with the hair a little bit, but then let her draw as she wished.
After you little one is finished, don’t forget to date it! We laminated ours and will try to remember to do another one next year to compare. This simple activity was a lot of fun and is a great way to work on self image and body part recognition.