3-D Self Portraits
An Activity for Preschoolers:
Hang on a wall for a 3-D abstract self portrait exhibit!


Before You Begin:
You will need blank canvas puppets, several colors of yarn for hair (these can be pre-cut in different lengths) and fabric markers. Have on hand an assortment of ribbons and several different choices of fabric already cut out like clothes. Finally, make sure you have fabric glue and scissors.


Activity Goals:
  • To practice writing sentences
  • To engage in a collaborative project
  • To create a unique classroom object

    Furthermore:
    This activity can be very helpful when a group is struggling with following class rules. The created classroom guidelines can be useful throughout the rest of the year whenever a reminder of the rules is needed.




  • Step 1.
    Give each child a nylon knee-high sock and have them stuff with the materials you have provided. Have them fill their socks with enough stuffing so it begins to take the shape of a pumpkin. The more they stuff, the bigger the pumpkin.
    Step 2.
    Help children tie off the end and cut the excess sock. Be sure to leave enough so that it looks like a stem!
    Step 3.
    Help children thread the needles (or provide a pre-threaded needle) with yarn, and tie a knot at the end of the string.
    Step 4.
    Have children start from the bottom of the pumpkin. Push needle up to the top through the middle.
    Step 5.
    Next, take yarn on the outside of the pumpkin and come back up through the bottom again to the top. Repeat, leaving a space between each of your "stitches", all the way around the pumpkin (pull a little tight). This makes the rings or grooves around the outside of the pumpkin.
    Step 6.
    Once you've made your grooves in the pumpkin, make a knot in the yarn at the top and tie off.
    Step 7.
    Children can paint their pumpkins any way they like. Display around the room for the fall season!



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