When I was training at Norland one of my placements was at a nursery.  We would often get a huge roll of paper and draw around the children.  I haven’t done this body tracing art activity for years, so I thought I would bring it out for BB to enjoy.

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To do your own body tracing art you will need:

  • Large roll of paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Paint

On a large sheet, or roll, of paper draw around the outline of your little one.  BB was slightly confused when I got him to lie down and started drawing around him.

body tracing art

We then took it outside to colour in.  You can easily do this inside, but the weather was too glorious to stay inside.

body tracing art

BB and I then started to colour it in.  I just left it on the side so that he could come and go from it.  Every time he went past he added a few more marks to it.  At one point after supper he disappeared, we found him colouring himself in.  Rather than bring him back in YC and I joined him and helped finish the picture.

body tracing art

the finished product

If you enjoyed this body tracing art activity be sure to check out my styrofoam block printing, Harry Potter wind chime, and sand mandalas.

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Body tracing art for children

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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