Every now and then we try some new artsy thing. Sometimes a crafty thing. This week we did some of both. Now we wouldn’t normally do two of these in a week. I ain’t supermom. That being said, we had some extra time because of our mini break last week.
Craft 1: Body Poster
For this you will need:
- One large piece of craft paper
- Markers or Crayons
- Some patience, and a caffiene free child 🙂
- Lay the paper flat out on the floor.
- Let your child lay on the paper, and using a dark colored crayon, trace their whole body. E really got a kick out of this, and she was willing to stay still just to see the end product. Now, because I wanted to get a pretty accurate tracing, I did let E be traced in her undies (hence why no pics of that part). I don’t want to give you mommies TMI, but you need to know the process!
- After tracing, draw some clothes on your body, and let you kiddo color away. I drew some hair on E’s, and I drew a face. Then we went part by part and labeled and identified each body part.
Craft 2: Body Puzzle
You will need:
- 11 pieces of construction paper (2 pieces each of 4 different colors, and 1 piece of a 5th color)
- A marker or crayons
- Some patience, again 🙂
- Let your child lay down on the floor and position 2 pieces of the paper under the trunk of your child’s body. I laid the paper sideways and needed 2 pieces to cover the length of E’s torso. Trace the body on the paper.
- Repeat the process for each of your child’s arms and legs, using a different color for each part.
- Lastly, use a piece of paper to trace your kiddo’s head.
- Cut out each of the body parts, and if two pieces of paper were used for a part attach them accordingly.
- Using the paper parts, let your child put together their puzzle!
- As an extension of this activity, I drew a heart, as set of lungs and a stomach. I let E determine where they went!
Just as a side note, I found this puzzle to be EXTREMELY creepy when finished. Seriously, I had to get rid of it because it just weirded me out. I don’t know if you all will have the same reaction, but hey, its an idea you can try!
Hope you have fun crafting!
Great suggestion, Leila! I cannot imagine doing this with an entire class of preschoolers! You are a brave (and I am sure talented!) teacher!
Arlene Marie Pesa Mullen says
I am so excited to try this with my son. Where can you get paper that long to trace a kid. At a hobby lobby type store?
HI, I did something similar with my montessori preschool class but we added what good foods and bad foods go into our stomachs and if they made a happy face for our body or a sad face for our body
I love your website! Thank you thank you thank you for all the wonderful materials and ideas. You are a gem!
Aw…you’re very welcome Corinne.