Paper Plate Self Portrait Craft for Preschoolers

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INSIDE: Create paper plate self portrait craft with your toddler or preschool for a fun and easy way to talk about all the things that make us special and unique. Self portraits are a great way for your preschooler to learn about themselves and all the physically features things that make them distinctive.

Self Portrait Activities

Activities such as self portraits are a wonderful way to talk differences as well by highlighting things that we all have in common. We are have skin, eyes and hair and they all perform the same function for all of us. But the beauty of it is that our skin, eyes and hair all come is a variety of colours, shapes and textures! You can use books and dolls as a way to feature diverse people into the activity.

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7 year old.

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Paper Plate Self Portraits

We are going to be making self portraits. Grab a hand mirror and look at ourselves in the mirror, Have children describe their hair, eyes, skin, mouth by colour, shape, texture. Brown, yellow, black, blue, green, round, pointy, straight, curly, long, short. 

Isn’t amazing that we all have skin and eyes and hair and yet they can come is so many different shapes, colours and sizes! 

  1. Grab the paint and mix browns, white, black and beige to make the the closest colour to your skin tone. Paint the paper plate. Set it aside to dry.

Isn’t it cool how we are all have a different shade of brown. Do you know why we have all different shades of brown? It’s because of melanin! It’s a pigment in everyone’s skin that forms the different shades of brown.

  1. Out of white construction paper cut out eyes. Use paint sticks to colour in the eye colour.
  2. Choose pom poms, buttons, yarn, straw, crepe paper, construction paper to make their hair. Let the child choose the items they want to use as hair. They don’t need to choose items that accurately reflect their features. Glue them down on the paper plate. To make curly hair, I curled strips of paper around a pencil. For preschoolers, hold the pencil for them as they curl the paper around the pencil! 

Look those curls are just like yours!

Why did you choose those items? 

  1. Choose pom poms, buttons, yarn, straw, pipe cleaners to make their mouth. Glue them down on the paper plate.

Look at all these beautiful shades of brown!


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  • Hand mirror
  • White paper plates
  • Brown, white, black and beige paint
  • White Construction paper
  • Paint sticks
  • Buttons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom poms
  • Yarn
  • Straws
  • Crepe Paper
  • Cupcake liners
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue

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