Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cartoon Self-Portraits for Back to School

I like to start the year off with cartoon self-portraits. It is a way for kids to put bright big personalized art work on the walls and give themselves some classroom identity, while also having fun with exaggeration. In this activity children also an exaggerated summer vacation story to go with their cartoons.

What You Need: paper grocery bags or other large recycled paper, tempera paint, brushes, cups of water, small handheld mirrors

photo of cartoon face art

Cartoon self-portraits are a fun activity any time or the first week of school!

  Play!

  1. Children look at themselves in the mirrors and choose what features they want to exaggerate in their self-portraits to create cartoon faces.
  2. Draw the outlines of the face and features with pencil on the opened grocery bags.
  3. Go over the pencil lines with black paint. Allow to dry.
  4. Fill in the face features with other colors.
  5. Place finished faces around the room or on a bulletin board.

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Fe Fi Fo Fun! Fairy Tale Rhymes

Using rhymes in fairy tales gives a story a special rhythm. Create fairy tale characters and make up rhymes your  characters might say to make a wish or use to find their way.

Jack and the Beanstalk Fe Fi Fo Rhyme

Jack and the Beanstalk famous Fe Fi Fo Fum Rhyme

What You Need: drawing paper, pencils, pens, fairly tales

Play! Draw and create your own fairy tale characters. Choose your favorite character. Decide how this character might fit into a fairy tale you already know, or make up your own story.

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