We’re starting our preschooler activities this academic year with the theme of All about Me. This portrait collage craft is great for you and your preschoolers to do together and gives you the opportunity to talk to them about facial features, differences between people and similarities. So here you go a All About Me Portrait Craft for Preschoolers to do with you.
Preschool Craft ~ Creating Portraits
This simple craft is great for preschoolers to do at the beginning of the year. You can even repeat it again towards the end of the year and see how much they have changed and grown.
By change it’s not just appearance but also their skills in the cutting, gluing and representing themselves.
Materials needed for this self-portrait craft
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- A mix of coloured paper
- Skin Tone Coloured Paper for your family – you can use our affiliate link to buy a pack of mixed skin colours here
- White Paper
- Colouring materials (crayons, pencils, markers)
Preparation needed for Portrait Craft with Preschoolers
- Cut an oval from skin coloured paper
- Glue to white paper
Creating Collage Portraits
1. Begin with looking in the mirror. Point out features of the face, look at the colours and talk about things like eyebrows, noses, nostrils so that you can help your preschooler to add these features to their craft.
2. Start to create portraits, we added our names to the portraits we are going to create.
The more words are presented and associated with objects and actions for preschoolers the more they will become familiar with letters, and words have meaning.
3. Leave your preschooler to add in their details, they may need support with cutting out the features (especially younger) preschoolers and if so see if you can tear the paper instead.
As they create try adding in language of colours, light, dark, as well as talk about length of hair to add in some maths language as well.
We’ve always had preschool scissors available first supervised and then for them to use with art and craft supplies. Scissor control is important and making paper to cut, playdough scissors and activities they can cut themselves available helps to develop this.
Whilst we created the portraits we talked about the family members personalities and who else we looked like, how we could create other members of the family, her grandma has curly hair so she would want to make it from cotton wool balls to look like her short curly hair.
Resources Recommended for the Family Theme for Preschoolers
We are big fans of Learning Resources equipment here at Rainy Day Mum and this family themed counter set is a great resource that you can use for counting, graphing and sorting for Maths Centre work. With older preschoolers you could start to introduce the topic of Doubling and Halving by using these counters and mirror – find out how to teach doubling and halving with a mirror.
Free and imaginative play is such an important part of preschool and it is easy to provide toys around the theme of “families” this open sided dolls house makes it easy for children to play separately accessing all areas as well as play together, moving from playing in the same space to playing cooperatively as they progress through the stages of social development in preschool.
Add this multicultural skin coloured dough to your play dough and modelling clay work for the family theme.
More Family and All About Me Themed Activities for Preschoolers
Looking for more family themed activities for preschoolers head over to our Family Theme Activity Collection or check out 3 of our favourites below.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.