Thursday, August 30, 2012

First Grade Myself Pictures

Today was our 6th day of school. It's gone by like a FLASH! The first few weeks of school always seem like a whirlwind. It's been busy and fun meeting all the eager to learn first graders in my class.

It's a getting to know each other time. The children write and share about themselves and create a "Myself Picture" to put up on our walls.

It's a 3-step process.

Step 1: I give the children a 12" x 18" piece of white construction paper. They draw a BIG picture of themselves. They color it, trace the outline of their body in black, and cut it out.

{I then glue them to a colored piece of construction paper.}

Step 2: The children glue precut squares of fabric to their pictures for their clothing. {This year I had them paint the squares on with liquid starch. I won't do that again . . . LOTS of dripping!} They take strands of yarn and glue the hair in place.

Step 3: It's time for embellishments.

buttons, sequins, jewels {They love these.}, ribbons
 Feathers are a great one to use, too.

The children use a variety of embellishments to decorate their pictures. It's usually a good time to use up some of the leftover craft items from prior projects. I was fortunate enough to have a volunteer who helped the children as they demonstrated their creativity on this last step. 

A few of the finished pictures:

The pictures go up on our walls tomorrow. I love displaying them. They always light up the classroom. I keep them up for parents to see on Back to School Night. The names are covered, and the parents try to guess which one belongs to their child. It's always a fun activity. 

Dont' you just love first graders' art?


  1. Wow! Those are stinkin' adorable! And imagining this fun project makes me wonder how you have such epic patience.... you go, girl!

  2. Those are SO adorable!!! Love them!

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  3. These are darling. Mona on another note, Jennifer told me you were interested in joining our common core book study. I didn't see an email contact on your blog, so I'm hoping to reach you through comment. Please email me at We're hoping to start the series on Tuesday, so please contact me soon. ~Melissa, Dilly Dabbles


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