Sunday, September 28, 2014

Body Tracing Self-Portrait Mirror Drawings {Light & Reflections Series}

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The theme for this month's Light & Reflections series is all about me. To explore this theme, we combined body tracing with self-portraits, but gave it a twist by doing it on a vertical, mirrored surface. This activity was great for practicing fine motor skills, learning about body parts, exploring creativity, and practicing French words. And frankly, it was just plain fun and the results are totally adorable.

Drawing life sized self-portraits on mirrors from And Next Comes L

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For this body silhouette drawing activity, we used:


I asked the boys to stand as tall as they could against the mirrors so that I could trace their bodies with the window markers. I really enjoyed the fact that K chose a "stick-em-up" kind of pose...haha

Tracing full-body silhouettes on mirrors as part of an all about me theme from And Next Comes L

Body silhouette on a mirror as part of an all about me theme from And Next Comes L

Next, the boys added googly eyes to the body silhouettes by using a little bit of magic. Okay, not really magic, but pretty darn close. Add a splash of water to the back of the googly eyes and they stick to the mirrors, similar to our abstract art project.

Adding googly eyes to full-body self-portrait mirror drawings from And Next Comes L

Then the boys added facial details like a nose and smile. And then some crazy, floating hair. Here's K's self-portrait.

Close up of life sized self-portraits on mirrors from And Next Comes L

Drawing life sized self-portraits on mirrors from And Next Comes L

J's self portrait originally started off with gigantic ears, but ended up with three ears on one side of the head. Then J added extra details like teeth, hair, and a shirt.

Close up of life sized self-portraits on mirrors from And Next Comes L

Drawing life sized self-portraits on mirrors from And Next Comes L

Since J just started French Immersion Kindergarten, we practiced saying the different body parts in both English and in French. Then we followed up the activity by singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" in both languages as well.

The other ladies in the Light & Reflections series came up with these great ideas for the all about me theme:

All About Me Baby Play Station from Happily Ever Mom
Photo Puzzles on the Light Table from Where Imagination Grows

Halloween is next month's theme. You don't want to miss it, so be sure to follow along with Light & Reflections Series board on Pinterest.

Light & Reflections Series Lineup for 2014 at And Next Comes L

All about me: Drawing full-body self-portraits on mirrors from And Next Comes L
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