Drawing A Face

Use a School Readiness Activity to provide early literacy thinking experiences for preschool children that will prepare them to do well in the early grades.
Teaching Strategies:
Updated on: October 15, 2004

Drawing A Face

  • To understand that facial expressions convey emotion
  • To use fine-motor skills

Paper, crayons, mirror, chart paper, markers

Literature Suggestion
Read Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky, or any book with interesting faces to study and draw.

draw eyes
nose eyebrows
mouth     lips
teeth hair

Ask children to look in a mirror. Have them touch the different parts of their faces and name them.


  • Read the book or just flip through the pages and talk about the faces. Help children notice face parts and expressions. Ask them to describe the faces.
  • Discuss the expressions: "This person is smiling; she must be happy."
  • Ask children to say the names of the parts of the face. Record their answers on the board or on chart paper. Write each word and draw a simple picture next to it. Ask children to choose a partner and draw their friend's face. Encourage children to have the friend write his or her name under the picture.
Have a face painting party, where you paint the faces of willing children with watercolors. Encourage children to describe the colors and images you use.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child knows the words that name parts of the face, and is able to draw a face and write his or her name or other scribbles.
  • In Process - Child can name one or two facial features, but is uncomfortable and awkward drawing and writing.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child cannot yet name face parts, or avoids drawing and writing.

Excerpted from

School Readiness Activity Cards
School Readiness Activity Cards
Pearson Early Childhood
Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.

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