Therapy benefits of this activity
When a child draws a self portrait it can highlight many different developmental skills and could also be a great opportunity for an adult to see how the child views themselves.
This drawing challenge supports a child’s fine motor skills including hand dominance, precision, in-hand strength and endurance.
It can support a child to focus on observation of details; are they drawing themselves with blue eyes when they have brown?
It is also supporting early literacy and communication skills by beginning to name colour or features of their face. Can your child identify their eyes, nose, mouth, ears or chin? Are they drawing their hair or the clothes they are wearing?
Children can learn a lot about themselves when drawing. It is demonstrating their reflective and expressive skills and the concept of self-identity.