Body Mapping


Trace and paint the outline of your body

Materials Required

  1. Butchers paper
  2. Paint
  3. Collage materials
  4. Pencils/textas
  5. You can use chalk outside on a hard surface (optional)


First, cut a length of butcher paper long enough to fit your child’s body and tape it to the floor.

Method (or Ideas)

  1. Trace your child’s body. Have your child lie down on the paper and strike a pose of their choice. Trace their body with dark pencil, oil pastels or a texta.
  2. Decorate and paint the body tracing. Draw, paint, and collage the self portrait as desired. Perhaps you could recreate the clothing your child is wearing.
  3. Hang (and admire) the finished portrait.
  4. Have your child trace around you!

Facilitation Tips – What To Say

  • Could investigate organs – stomach, heart, brain
  • Talk about similarities and differences between people
  • Talk about body parts and compare size and shape

Extend the Experience

  • Instead of a body tracing activity, chose to make a large-scale bird painting and collage or any other animals/object.
  • Investigate body organs if your child is interested in this.
  • Trace other siblings and family member and compare differences in size.

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

If there is some content about WHO Guidelines this can go here.

Early Years Learning Framework


  1. Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities
  2. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity


Principle 3: High expectations and equity. Children progress well when they, their parents and educators hold high expectations for their achievement in learning.


Practice: Learning through play. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being.

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