Best for: Ages 5 to 8
- Patterned paper – i.e. Scrapbook paper, wallpaper samples, magazines, or wrapping paper
- Scissors for each child
- painter’s tape
- 11” x 14” coloured paper or art canvas
- craft glue
- small foam brushes
- Fold a piece of patterned paper (approx. 5” x 7”) in half vertically and tape to the wall.
- Have a child stand in front of the paper so that their face is in profile with their nose facing the folded side of the paper.
- Aim the flashlight at the child and paper so that you can see their shadow on the patterned paper. There should be about ½” - 1” from the fold of the paper to the tip of their nose.
- Trace the outline of their face onto the patterned paper.
- Cut their profile out of the patterned paper. When it is unfolded you will see that it resembles a vase.
- Glue the ‘vase’ to the large piece of coloured paper/canvas using the foam brushes and craft glue. Ensure it is centered at the bottom of the page.
- Cut out a variety of flowers, petals, stalks and leaves from the extra patterned paper. Encourage children to layer their flowers for depth and interest.
- Glue the flowers onto the large paper/canvas so it looks like they are coming out of the vase. Children can embellish the picture with ladybugs, bumblebees, etc. also cut from patterned paper.
- If girls have long hair, have them put it in a ponytail so that it is off their necks when tracing their profile.
- No one needs to be idle. While one child is having their profile traced, the other children can cut out their flowers, petals, stems and leaves.
- Before the party, figure out the best spot for tracing profiles including practicing where the flashlight will sit.