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Body tracing—


“Look how our bodies move”

Have the children lay in any way they want and trace it on butcher paper

Some children will lay straight with arms to their sides

Encourage them to lay in a different ways

The results are very different from regular body tracing


**Some results I have encountered:


One child laid on his stomach with his arms stretched out above his head

The result was it looked like a body with no head.


One child laid on her side with her legs bent in a scissor position

The result looked like she was running.


Circle of friends

Body tracing—holding hands


  • Unroll butcher paper
  • Have children lay next to each other hands touching for the length of paper

*Tracing this way you will not trace the whole body just the upper portion


*The best thing about this is you can still add children who were not there on the day project was begun.


All you have to do is overlap paper or place hands next to one already there and secure with tape.

“Walk this way”


Plates or meat trays


Butcher paper at least (3 feet)

Bucket of soapy water

Towels (1 to wipe feet &1 to dry)

Pour enough paint to just cover bottom of plate or meat tray

Roll up children’s pants

**Have bucket of water, towel and teacher at the other end of the paper


Have them take off their shoes and socks

With a teachers help

Have them step into paint

Then let them walk, tip toe, run, side step or whatever across paper

Have them wash their feet at the end of their “walk”



This works for transportation and how our bodies move themes


Interesting twists on body tracing--
Dress your bodies in real clothes
Place a photo of the childs head on tracing
Have the tracings sitting in chairs, walking around the room, hanging out on doors.

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