Self-Portrait Activity

This activity is a great way to help your child understand that everyone is different in their own special way. Plus, learning about who they are will help establish the foundation for positive growth and empathy.

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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.

Materials

For this activity you will need:

Small hand mirror 

Paper 

Crayons or pencil crayons

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Emotional

Skills

Identity formation

Indicators:

Identifying self and in relation to others

Instructions

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

Ask your child to draw themselves from what they see in the mirror.

Step 3:

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.

Playful Questions

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?