Ready, set, draw!
This can quickly turn into a funny face experiment so prepare for some laughs if the face in the mirror starts to get silly! Have your child check out their lovely face in the mirror and talk about how theirs is different from yours (e.g. eye color or nose shape). Make sure to emphasize that these differences are important and make everyone unique! Then, have your child draw a depiction of themselves!
📚 Books to explore: All By Myself by Mercer Mayer; Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell; and We’re Different, We’re The Same by Bobbi Jane Kates.
🧍 More to discover: If you want to start talking about different parts of the body this is a great place to start.
🔀 Change it up: Have your child draw other family members from a picture.
For this activity you will need:
Small hand mirror
Crayons or pencil crayons
Identifying self and in relation to others
Have your child look in the mirror. While examining their face, describe the different parts of their face, pointing to their eyes, nose, mouth, ears and so on.
Ask your child to draw themselves from what they see in the mirror.
Display the art on the fridge!
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have your child describe what makes them special and different from others so they understand their qualities are important.
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Start by talking about simple body parts like eyes, nose, mouth and teeth.
What is your eye color?
Do you have freckles?
How many teeth do you have?
Is your face round or long?
Can you show me how you smile?