Friday, February 27, 2015

Focus Play: Facial Features

(Okay, so I'm not an artist! Haha!)
    This activity will be used again when Tennyson's older. For now, it's just a fun introduction to facial features!
     He didn't fully grasp the concept, but at only 13 months old I didn't fully expect him to. The goal for focused play at this stage is just exposure, exploration, and fun! I think he did enjoy the one-on-one time and attention. He also enjoyed trying to grasp...and eat.. the pieces. So, for now this activity takes some supervision but it was great to introduce something new for him and us get to spend some focused time together.
To make:
-colored paper (or you could color in the pieces with crayons or markers)
-magnet sheets
-clear contact paper (or a laminator)
     I used a blank face template that I found online as a guide. I then drew and cut out some basic facial features. Each piece was then "laminated" using the clear contact paper. This step will add durability to the activity. Last, I attached a piece of magnet to the back of each piece. It's important that the magnet piece covers the back of the pieces. This will help everything to stick better against the desired surface.
To play:
     Ideally, a small magnetic mirror (like a locker mirror) would be a good addition to the side of the face. I didn't have one at the time, but will be keeping an eye out for one. The mirror would help him connect the pieces to his own facial features. (Plus, little ones just love to look at themselves! haha).
     Attach the blank face to a magnetic surface such as a sheet tray or the surface of the refrigerator. I then would ask, "Where is Tennyson's eye? (Pointed to his eye) There is Tennyson's eye! Can we find the eye and add it to this face? (Located piece and placed it in the proper place on the face)."
    For an older child, the same questioning can be used, except allow him/her to point to each feature and place the piece on the face.
     Create some silly facial features and/or hats for added fun. Allow the child to arrange the pieces as desired for an independent play activity.
    A smaller felt version would be a great "to go" option. (Use for quiet places or times such as church).

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