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Changing Faces

This fun activity enables children to get creative while learning how to recognise their own, and others’, faces. It is best suited for older children in small groups.

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:

What you will need:

  • Printed images of faces, e.g., from newspapers, magazines, old posters or whatever else you can find
  • Card or cardboard
  • Glue (Pritt Stick or PVA)
  • Small basket or tub

Preparing the activity:

  1. Cut out separate parts of large pictures of faces, such as eyes, noses, mouths, ears (example below). Make sure you have a good range of each part, and that they are from fairly large images (you don’t want tiny, fiddly pieces). If you want to make the activity more advanced, you could incorporate necks and hair as well.
  2. Stick the parts onto the card/cardboard using the glue so that they will survive multiple uses.
  3. Jumble up the parts and place in a basket or tub.
Photos by Italo Melo, Anna Shvets, Luriko Yamaguchi and Simon Robben from Pexels, edited by TNL.

Doing the activity:

The idea with this one is that the children can play with the resource however they like!

Introduce the tub of body parts but enable the children to do what they want with it. Some may want to create faces with all the correct parts while some may make more distorted images with multiple mouths or noses! They may also hold some of the pieces up to their own face so they have a different mouth or different eyes.

While they are making faces, encourage the children to discuss whether they’ve made a happy face or a sad face. How can they tell?

Be sure to take pictures of the children’s creations so that they can look back at them later.

Tracking the activity:

30-50 months

Communication and Language: Understanding: “Beginning to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.”

Communication and Language: Speaking: “Questions why things happen and gives explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how.”

40-60+ months

Communication and Language: Speaking: “Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.; Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.”

Understanding the world: The world: “Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.”

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials: “Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects.; Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.; Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.”

Expressive arts and design: Being imaginative: “Create simple representations of events, people and objects.”