Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Exploring portraits with toddlers

Today we decided to look at faces! Yesterday we had a great experience in art gallery looking at  portraits there so I decided this would be a good idea for today.  The art gallery had a room in which sculptures could be felt. This allowed us to explore the faces more.

At first we looked at the art work available on the BBC website the idea behind this website is that 200,000 paintings will be digitised so that they can be made more accessible and enjoyed.  The brilliant thing is, is that the images have been tagged and therefore easy to search by what is in the painting.  This makes the website a brilliant resource and so easy to use! simply searching the word "portrait" gave us loads to look at.

Little Boo decided that she wanted to use some Play-dough so I made up a massive batch of cooked play-dough.  I put loads of different items out for her to use to create the faces these included
  • Googly eyes
  • Gems
  • Dry pasta
  • Dry spaghetti
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Straws
  • Lollipop Sticks 
  • Scissors
  • Bottle Tops

We have done our funny faces activity.  I have done this before with Little Boo and she loves it, it also helps her to know the places where the eyes, nose and mouth go on the face.  This activity is really easy to get ready as all that is needed is some magazines and then you just cut out the eyes, noses, mouths and hair.

We had a go at using some play-dough mats that are available at twinkl these worked really well and Little Boo enjoyed making them. 

This one is Daddy! 

It has been fun doing all about faces and incorporates an element of maths as Little Boo started talking about how many eyes there should be. 

1 comment:

  1. What great ideas, going to give them a try with my boys. Thanks


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