Why is body tracing so popular with little kids?! Maia just loves it. She loves it when I trace her body with chalk outside. And she loves it when I trace her body on paper inside. So today when I asked her if she wanted me to trace her body (inspired by Lucia’s post on body art with her art group), she was super excited.
Last time I posted about body tracing, Maia was really into body parts and drew in her heart, intestines, veins, and arteries. This time her painting was more decorative. We even re-read her book, See Inside Your Body, at her request, but she still focused more on faces and clothes and just painting.
First I traced her body. And Daphne’s. And then Maia’s two more times. Maia loved it. Daphne didn’t.
I was kicking myself today for not shelling out money for a roll of butcher paper. But every time I almost buy it, I look at the price and cringe. Why does it have to be so expensive? So instead, I pulled off some paper from Maia’s easel and taped two long pieces together along the back to make the paper big enough.
Maia drew in the features on the bodies with oil pastels.
Maia went to town with the paint!
When she finished, she hopped up and said, “These paintings are awesome! Amazing!” Then she said that she’s going to sell them (the first I’ve ever heard her talk about selling anything!) for lemonade money. Apparently we haven’t been very forthcoming with the lemonade.
Prices range from one to four dollars if anyone is interested in helping the poor kid out.
More Body Tracing Activity Posts on The Artful Parent
- Body Tracing and Painting on a Rainy Day
- Splatter Painting on Body Tracing Art and Adding Fun Collage Items
- Body Tracing and Learning about How Your Body Works
- Body Tracing Activity for Kids
- Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings
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