Continuing our fun with our All About Me learning theme, we spent some time creating sensory self-portraits with play dough. If you’ve been following along in our learning adventures, you already know that we love play dough invitations. Play dough is an excellent way to weave in building those fine motor skills for writing and encourage creativity.
I invited my little one to create a self-portrait of herself using a variety of materials for this play dough activity. This sensory learning activity incorporates science to spark creativity, encourage fine motor practice, and involve the senses!
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Materials Needed for Sensory Self-Portraits
- Play dough
- Handheld mirror or printed picture of self
- Loose craft parts (pony beads, buttons, pom poms, ribbon, chenille craft pipe cleaners, etc.)
Getting Started with Your All About Me Sensory Self-Portraits
Before we began our play dough self-portrait, we spent some time reviewing our body parts. A fun way to identify and review parts is by using a mirror. My little one had such a great time making mirror observations of herself in our previous All About Me science activity, that we pulled it back out.
We also referred back to our life-size labeled drawing from last week to identify and count each body part. This served as a great visual review and practice of one-to-one correspondence as she counted and touched the parts of the body.
I set up the sensory self-portrait activity using a variety of miscellaneous craft items such as pony beads, googly eyes, buttons, ribbon, and pipe cleaners. I found some multicultural play dough in a Play-Doh Super Color Pack for constructing the body. You could also make your own play dough or choose any colors that you have on hand.
Now the self-portrait creation can begin! Starting with the play dough, she squished and rolled out the dough.
We discussed the shape of our heads and decided to use the Play Doh container to stamp and carve a circle out of the dough.
I assisted her in forming the torso of the body and then she quickly got to work on her self-portrait. She immediately selected some googly eyes and announced that she needed two.
A pony bead suited her best for the nose, and she happily chose a piece of pink string with pom-poms on it for the mouth. She excitedly exclaimed that it looked like it had teeth!
As the self-portrait sensory fun continued, she quickly recognized what the body needed to be complete. She counted out two arms and two legs using pipe cleaners, two hands and two feet using play dough, two buttons for ears, and then some raffia to complete her light brown hair. I especially loved her choice to add a bellybutton using buttons!
This sensory self-portrait activity can be set out as a learning station for older preschoolers and elementary aged students or a small group activity for younger learners. You could also add in additional play dough colors for their creations. To assist in making personal observations, you may choose to set out a handheld mirror or a printed photo for their self-portraits. Have fun creating!
Combine this play dough invitation with our Self-Portrait Collage Project for even more All About Me fun and learning.
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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) All About Me Emergent Reader
2) All About Me Number Cards
3) Body Part Sorting Cards
4) All About Me Shared Writing Template
5) Body Parts Activity Cube
6) Facial Features Activity Cube
7) Boy and Girl All About Me Roll and Color Game Boards
8) Boy and Girl Make a Face Activity Templates
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