This self-portrait playdough tray makes for a great open-ended activity during an all about me preschool theme. With just some playdough and a few craft materials, your child will have a blast recreating themselves and exploring artistic expression through sensory play.
Everyone with a preschooler, whether you homeschool or not, should try this activity! There’s nothing sweeter than a young child talking about their features as they play, and activities like this open the door to discussing some big topics that may already be building your child’s self-image.
If we have the chance to plant seeds of self-love at such a young age, I say we should all go for it! And, simply sitting down with our preschool-aged children and talking about how they view themselves is likely not going to work.
It’s once they get their little hands moving, creating and playing, that you’ll start to see their innermost views and opinions present themselves. Thankfully, my son didn’t say anything shocking during this activity, but it did open my eyes a little more to how he views himself and his family members.
I used this as an opportunity to talk about his hair, which he’s been growing out all year. He compared it to “mommy’s beautiful long hair,” and said his hair is long too, but not as long as he wants it to be.
We talked about how many eyes we have, and which body parts we needed to create next. Overall, it was just a winner of an activity for this age group. Toddlers are certainly too young, but I would say pre-k and kindergarten are absolutely perfect.
WHILE YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR ALL ABOUT ME THEME:
- Check out my All About Me Unit here. (Use code ALLABOUTME25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!
- Here are some fun Activities & Crafts for your Preschooler’s All About Me theme!
- Here’s a list of Books for your All About Me Unit Study.
- Check out this Fun All About Me Song for Preschoolers
All About Me Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- All About Me Pizzas
- Emotion Cards for Preschoolers
- Full Body Self Portrait
- Name Recognition Clothespin Clip
- Look How Tall I Am Preschool Science Study
- Family Sensory Bin
- Build your Home Activity
- Things I Like Collage
- Name Dot Marker Trace
- All About Me Printable Workbook
- Body Part Flashcards
Self Portrait Playdough Tray
Provide your child with a tray of craft materials and playdough. I also recommend a rolling pin, though it’s not totally necessary. I usually make the craft myself, just to show my son how to do it without interfering with his own process. I was delighted that he took this one on himself, too! He didn’t ask for help at all. The sweet little face he made was 100% his.
I figured he might use the blue playdough to make clothes, or even his eyes, but instead he made a “cold Marshall.” How cute is that?
We kept it simple with popsicle stick bodies.
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