Friday, September 17, 2010

body tracing

An oldie but a goodie - body tracing

What was so interesting about this experience was the different way each child approached it.

Some children chose pencils to add detail to their bodies.

Others chose to meticulously paint around their body outline:  

Some combined both paint and pencils, and were very true to the clothes they were actually wearing.

Hair and facial details were important to most of the children:

Others added family and friends to the mix:

This gnarly little dude arranged his body for tracing as if he was riding a skateboard:

While others crossed their feet during the tracing so that they would look like mermaids!

We ended up with a whole heap of body tracings that were just as individual as the little people who actually inhabited the bodies: perfect!

The kids were so engaged in this experience that I think that we will follow it up with an idea from The Artful Parent: tracing around dolls and other play objects.


  1. Love the body tracing and how some of them made themselves into mermaids. What fun!
    Thanks for sharing their work.
    Have a happy weekend,

    P.S. I have been trying to get you a shot of the armadillos going either into their den or coming back out, but no such luck.

  2. Ooo, the mermaids are awesome!

    I like the way you've given them a choice of art media to use. I typically only offer paint or markers. I should probably once more just steal from you! =)

  3. They are gorgeous Jenny! The mermaid is beautiful but the skateboard dude is also very cool, then again adding family and friends is precious and that little pink dress ... adorable! Clearly I just love them all!
    Donna :) :)

  4. Those are so adorable. And how clever to make different positions with your body. Love the mermaids.

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