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It was my turn to teach our preschool co-op this week, and we wanted to do something special for Mother's day. I helped the kids make a portrait for their moms, and I love how they turned out. Here are a few tips if you'd like to do something similar.

1. Draw the initial circle for the head and lines for the neck yourself. (I know this seems kind of like cheating, but it helps the kids all start off on the same ground, and makes sure each portrait fill the frame.)

2. I had each kid draw first with a thin black pen, and color things in afterwards. Give the kids specific directions and have them draw the portrait step by step. For example, we started with the eyes. I drew a portrait too, so I could show them where to put each thing. If they were missing something like eyelashes or eyebrows, I would remind them. Then we moved on to the nose, mouth, hair, etc. I also printed a photo out of their moms, so they could see what her hair looks like and if she has earrings on, I think this helps kids remember little details.

3. Make a frame out of a cardboard box (an exacto knife is the best tool for the job). Then we taped our portraits to the back of the frames and added a little label where each kid wrote "Mom".

As an added bonus, we taped a Mother's Day Questionairre on the back, which you can download here (it prints two to a page). I think this is best suited for kids between the ages of 4 and 6, and I loved hearing the answers kids had for questions like "When my mom grows up, she wants to be ____________." or "I'm going to live with my mom until I ___________." Priceless!


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This is such a neat idea!

05.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

This is so sweet. I've also used the cardboard picture frame idea and glued puzzle pieces to it - super effective!


05.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

Man, I wish I saw this before I did the Mother's Day craft in Jacob's kindergarten class. Next year!

05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTania

What lovely portraits! I do love the idea of starting them off with a circle for the face in order to fill the frame. The rest can be more free-form. Think I may apply this idea to father's day with my Oliver!

05.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop Hausfrau

Adore those pictures, and I love that all the mum's are smiling!

05.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Such a sweet post! Very creative kids...

05.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

so sweet!!

05.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterVasu

Hi Heather:
I have to share this with you. I check your blog often(and sorry to see not so much post.) and I love every little piece.
I was reading MS living Yesterday June issue, when it comes that article with great ideas and pictures, before reading it I thought it was a Inchmark kind of projects.( it was real, warm, colorfull, interesting and touching)
Finally when i read and see IT WAS I LOVED IT more.
Thank You

05.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeral

these must have made those mothers' mother's day!=)

05.30.2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy

This is lovely profile! thanks so much for the inspiration!

06.16.2011 | Unregistered Commenterregina w

Super cute Brooke. Nice Job!

06.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Wagner

I used to do this at my Mother's Day Tea when I was a second grade teacher. I taped them all to the board and read the questionnaires aloud and the moms had to guess who they were. They loved it. There is something so beautiful about children's artwork.

08.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

nice one check out my article too Here I got happy Mothers day quotes this

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