Playdough Portrait

Do you have playdough that is drying up? or too sticky? (because a little someone keeps licking it)

Well, there is no need to throw it out anymore, you can accomplish this craft by utilizing playdough that is drying out or making a new dough. We made a new one. Homemade play dough recipe here.

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Now you will need canvas paper, it is a heavyweight paper with a coated, textured surface that replicates the surface of a canvas. You can find it at any art store or Amazon.

Older children would be able to draw themselves either from memory or you can facilitate a small mirror so they can capture their facial features. Younger children will need you to draw a simple face. I use a black permanent marker to draw.

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Have the children press the dough onto parts of their faces, talk about their eye color, hair color. Have them mush small pieces onto the paper at a time in order to stick better.

Once finished let it dry for about a day, you might want to frame it, sometimes the dry play dough comes off the paper.

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Author:

I’ve had the pleasure to witness dozens of young lives grow and evolve in the past 15 years. The more I work with children the greater is my conviction that young lives are the key to our progress and evolution. Early childhood isn’t a glitch in our lives, it isn’t a bare memory that will fade eventually nor is the equivalent of a 5-year rule that life will start over after kindergarten. Early childhood is the time where brand new minds open up to understand this world. Children are hungry, they are born hungry, from the moment they take their first breath and remain hungry for the next 5 years. Our children are hungry for understanding, knowledge, they are hungry to understand social-emotional situations, themselves and others.

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