Self Portrait

Young children are continuously working towards forming their own self-identity. The activity we are sharing today is a great way to encourage children to explore how they see themselves. This activity is also a great way to reinforce the concept of facial part recognition for children who are still learning the parts of their face.

Materials Needed

  • Two Pieces of Construction Paper (We used white and a piece of paper from a set of multicultural construction paper. I let my toddler pick which piece of paper from the pack she wanted to use to represent herself.)
  • Glue
  • Magazine Clippings of Face Parts
  • Scissors
  • Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils

I started this activity by having my daughter look in a mirror. I asked her to point to her nose, mouth, and eyes. We talked about what color her eyes were. Next, I had her pick two eyes, a nose, and a mouth to glue onto the construction paper. I offered her no guidance when she was gluing. Instead, I let her put everything where she thought it should go.

After my daughter was done with the gluing, I drew an outline around where she put her face parts.

Next, I cut it out and asked her to glue the face onto the white construction paper. If your child is preschool or early elementary school aged, let them draw the outline around the face and do the cutting themselves. This is great fine motor skill practice.

To finish this activity, I had my toddler pick a marker to draw her hair.

My daughter enjoyed this activity. The end result looked nothing like her, but that is fine. We will all enjoy looking back at this self portrait when she is older. Just under a year ago, we did a slightly different version of this activity. It was fun as a parent to look at both of them together. Over the next few weeks, we will be doing several more self exploration activities that we are excited to share with you.

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18 thoughts on “Self Portrait

  1. Cute idea! Me and my sister used to do things like this! We’d cut out different people and cut the picture in half. Then we’d mix match them. It cracked us up!!

  2. Interacting with your daughter in this way doing an activity like this is building many wonderful skills. As a retired speech pathologist of preschoolers, I give this activity the thumbs up!

    1. Thanks! I worked in early childhood education before my daughter was born, so I try to fit in as many skills as possible in each activity that we do together.

  3. This is so clever! I love the idea of mix-and-matching pieces that have been cut from magazines!

  4. I can’t wait to see how my son reacts to this activity. It’s such a great way for him to define himself but also for me to learn more about him. Love it!

  5. Omg now this is one awesome activity for little ones!!! My daughter would have loved doing something like this when she was itty bitty!

  6. Kids should have the opportunity to explore much in order to determine their likes and dislikes. This aides in growth and development. Crafts are a great way to do this.

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