Toddler Face Activity

We love to make art with our toddler, but we try to also plan some activities each week that are designed to teach specific skills. Right now, we are working on teaching her the parts of her face. She has “eyes” down, but is still struggling with everything else. This activity is perfect for children age two to four and can be easily done at home or in a preschool setting!

Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper (A lighter color would work best)
  • Magazine Clippings of Face Parts
  • Glue
  • Marker or Colored Pencil

We started by writing “Sara has two eyes, one nose, one mouth” on the construction paper. We always keep an envelope full of magazine clippings, so we just had to dig them out. If you do not already have the face parts cut out, it will probably only take you about five minutes and one magazine to do so.

After that, we let our toddler pick out which parts she wanted to use. We are working on language skills, so we put each part in a pile and asked her to pick out the correct number. We would say things like “You have two eyes, please pick out two eyes”. Once she picked what she wanted, we helped her glue. As she was gluing, we named each face part again. When working on language skills, repetition and pictures are both great learning tools!

Once all parts were glued on, we held it up in front of her and read it all together. “Sara has two eyes, one nose, one mouth”. You can also laminate the paper so that your little one can practice naming the parts of the face over and over again!

12 responses to “Toddler Face Activity”

  1. What an interesting activity!!! My son is 2 months old and only just starting to see my husband and my face. It’s going to be so interesting to have to teach him all of these things that I feel like just come as second nature!

    1. I have learned that the way children develop can be really strange. There are some things that they just pick up without any extra effort and sometimes things that feel like they should just come naturally take tons of effort to learn! Every child is different in what they learn easily as well.

  2. I’ve seen a few crafts using facial features cut from magazines. This is a great way to incorporate numbers into it as well as learning about the face.

    1. We love using magazine clippings as a learning or craft material. I feel like it was something that was done in school a lot when I was a kid, but not so much anymore since a lot of people do not get magazines.

  3. This is such a smart idea! I think some people get too extra about teaching their kids when, as you show here, all it takes is some magazine clippings and quality time.

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    Francisca Garreton

    This is a great way to keep your toddler busy on a wet day! Thank you so much for sharing!


    This looks like a fun activity for little ones. It’s educational for the younger ages too which is a bonus.

  6. I do a similar activity with my students. I usually make paper dolls (but they are bigger and are lamented) and have various options (with magnet backing) so the kids can stick on and make their own person.

  7. I love this kiddy activity as it was one my kids enjoyed doing when they were little. It really helps with understanding the body and learning motor skills

  8. I love this idea ! It is also can be used for fictional characters like aliens etc or to teach your children to listen actively. Morgan x

  9. I really like this activity for exploring faces and learning the names of body parts. I’ve recently shared a post about my baby exploring my face. It’s such a lovely time when they are starting to point to and name different parts of their face. Thanks for sharing

  10. Love this idea! I am going to be working with kids in the very near future and I love your activity ideas.

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