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Cereal Box Self Portraits

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A great way to recycle cereal boxes and have children create themselves using recycled materials.

Materials Needed:

  • cereal boxes
  • white primer and a small roller
  • acrylic craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • wool for hair

What to do:

  • First, you need to prepare the cereal boxes by covering them with white paint so the images and labels won't be shown under the child's portrait.
  • Next encourage the child to use the front of the box to draw their facial features such as eyes, mouth, nose etc.
  • Stick additional features on the box such as wool for hair to finish the portraits.
  • Display them for all to see.

Hints and Tips:

  • Instead of painting the cereal boxes, you can cover them in one-sided white paper instead.
  • Add glitter, pom poms, collage materials for children to use.
  • Parents can bring recycled materials from home to share.

Reference: 
Happy Hooligans 

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    established hand preference
    identifies basic colours
    Developing an awareness of self

  • Play Based Learning: Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft
  • Games Categories: Creative Play Games, Fine Motor Skills, Social and Emotional
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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