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Body Art

Big body

Large sheets of plain paper or sheets of newspaper
Marker pen
Paint or scraps of cloth and glue


1. Stick together enough sheets of paper so that a child can lie down on it.

2. Using the marker pen draw around the child onto the paper.

3. The teacher should now make sure that the children are aware which parts of the body shape are the head, stomach, arms, hands, legs and feet.

4. Now the children could paint on clothing. It may be a good idea to give the children specific instructions, eg paint on a T-shirt. If the children seem unsure about doing this then have the child identify where a T-shirt would be worn and then the teacher could draw on the T-shirt outline with the marker pen.

5. Instead of painting on articles of clothing, the children could stick on 'real' old clothes or those made from scraps of cloth or even borrow clothes, draw around them carefully onto coloured paper, cut out the paper clothes and stick them onto the body shape.

6. When adding facial features, photocopied facial parts could be stuck on in the relevant places as painting them on is a difficult activity. The children should, if possible, be provided with a mirror to complete this task.

7. Complete all the 'decoration' before cutting out the body shape as this looks much neater. It may be necessary for the teacher to cut out the body.

8. The outline can become a useful teaching tool, if it is drawn on white cardboard in thick marker pen and then covered in clear sheet plastic.

9. The children can use non-permanent markers to draw on clothes or facial features or to mark where certain parts to the body are located, eg knee, neck or shoulder.

Children should always be supervised when using scissors.

Hands and feet

Coloured paper
Plain paper


1. The children choose a sheet of coloured paper and then help each other to draw around their hands or wait their turn as the teacher draws around each child's hands.

2. The children need to be reminded to keep their hands still and their fingers splayed out.

3. If the children are able, let them cut out the outline of their hands.

4. The children then place the two hands side by side, with the thumbs on the inside, on the plain paper and stick them down with the glue.

5. Once the glue is dry, mix up the sheets and see if the children can identify, by laying their hands on top of the silhouettes, which pair of hands belong to which child.


Also try this activity with feet - it tends to tickle, so there is a lot of giggling! If none of the children in the group are able to cut using scissors then maybe they could print their hands instead. The teacher would need to make up quite a thick consistency of paint in shallow trays and the children could print their hands straight onto the plain paper.

The hands or feet could also be used to create a joint picture, eg leaves on a group tree or curly hair on a giant head.

Children should always be supervised when using scissors.

Head and faces

Large sheets of plain paper (2 sheets of A4 stuck together is ideal)
Marker pen
Colouring pencils
Duplicated sheet of facial features: 2 eyes, 2 ears, nose and mouth


1. The children take it in turns to lie down, looking at the ceiling, with their heads on a
sheet of paper.

2. The teacher draws around the head as accurately as possible, including hair and ears, using a marker pen.

3. The children receive a small duplicated sheet of facial features.

4. The teacher then helps them identify the facial features. Have the children look at each other's faces and then their own in the mirror. Also draw the children's attention to the fact that sometimes we have 2 of something, eg eyes and sometimes just 1, eg nose.

5. Then help the children decide which colour the eyes and mouth should be.

6. The children colour the facial features .

7. The parts do not really have to be cut around very carefully, as long as both the background paper and duplicating paper are the same colour.

8. The children then, using the mirror, stick the facial features on 'their' head in the correct position.

Long fingers

Sheets of newspaper


1. Roll sheets of newspaper up into tubes and have the children wear one on each finger.

2. Have the children try to pick up different objects. The longer the fingers and the smaller the object, the harder the task.