I loved this activity so much! It was definitely one of my favorites of the entire theme. I bought dollar store hand held mirrors (Don't you love the dollar store! It's been a lifesaver for my teacher purchases) and let the children look into them and asked them what they saw. We discussed that they each saw someone very special looking back at them - themselves. One of our activities during center time was to let the children look at themselves in the mirror and paint what they saw. They used their fingers or paintbrushes, whichever they preferred. We had some pretty great portraits (and quite a few funny ones too) and the children had fun painting on the mirrors. It was a cinch to wipe off and I took photos of the children holding their creations so we had a keepsake/memory of the activity.
Foil Art Mirror Craft
These turned out so cute and were easy to do. I cut out some mirror templates in various colors of card stock and the children decorated them with cotton swab painting - they got a kick out of using little swabs versus brushes. Then I cut out circles of aluminum foil to act as our mirrors and the children drew their faces on the foil. The end result was an adorable personalized mirror and each one was unique just like my little preschool cuties.
Marvelous Me Paper Dolls
We had so much fun making these paper dolls. I supplied the cut outs, paper shirts, pants and dresses in various colors and patterns, assorted sequins, yarn, glue, paint, markers and crayons and let the children's imagination do the rest. Each one turned out unique and it makes me smile to see them hanging them up on our walls. Some children used lots of details adding hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, ears, fingers and toes. Others were minimalist - adding only the barest details. These cute little dolls say so much about the personalities behind the little hands that made them.
This was part of our science center during the week. We helped each child trace their hand and then they used our ink pads to make fingerprints of each finger. Once they were all done they took a magnifying glass and studied their prints and compared them to a friends print. What did they find? Everyone's fingerprints are unique - just like each of them! They were able to take home their handprint/fingerprints and share them with their families.
Books We Read This Week:
Did you see our Messy Preschool Fun Week post?
Next week I will be sharing our "I Can" theme.