See what’s on your child’s mind in this colorful, creative exercise. Combining past experiences with present routines and future goals, your child can express himself using images he finds in magazines to create a collage. Get ready to have a blast gluing the contents of your child’s mind in his self-portrait silhouette!
Help draw a silhouette of your child’s head on the white sheet of paper using a pencil and cut it out. If your child isn't used to scissors, assist them in cutting.
Ask your child to list some simple facts about himself. This can include his daily routine, favorite foods, games, colors, or places he’d like to travel to. It can even include pets that he has, or wishes he had and what he wants to be when he grows up.
Find some old magazines and ask him to cut or tear out pictures that reflect who he is or wants to become.
Give him a glue stick and help him glue his pictures inside the silhouette of his head.
If there are any images he couldn’t find in the magazines, let him paint them into the dry silhouette with tempera paint.
Mount the final image onto a solid color piece of paper and hang up the contents of your child’s mind!
Ellen Dean has worked as an art educator in Thailand since 2005, working with both children and adults. She has also been a professional artist working in painting, sculpture and photography since 1996.