Body Outlines

What You'll Need

  • A large piece of paper – The back of unused wallpaper is great. A large piece of wrapping paper.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Colouring pens or pencils
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 2 - 5
  • Outside
  • A Little Messy
Most drawings are smaller than real life
But it doesn’t have to be,
If I lie down on a piece of paper
You can draw a life-sized me!

Getting Started

  • Lay the paper down somewhere smooth and dry. Get one of the children to lie down on the paper and you all then trace his or her outline.
  • When they get up you should have the perfect outline of the child.
  • Now get colouring!!!


If you’re confined for space or you can’t organise a big piece of paper, you can just do hands or feet. Alternatively, you can trace around other objects. But, as Boxie says, you can’t beat colouring in a full-sized person!


If you can’t find a big piece, try taping pieces together until you have a piece of paper bigger than the children! If you are using tape, try to keep it to the side you won’t be drawing on.


Decide beforehand, are you doing a different drawing with each child? Or are you all colouring in the one picture.

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