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EYLF Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities

Preschool Numeracy Indicator: I explore and understand my place and space in the world

Inquiry Question

How can I represent on paper what I see in the mirror?

Advice for Teachers

Making a self-portrait is a valuable experience for children. As they look in the mirror they are developing skills in noticing details. This is a learning process for numeracy and also a valuable literacy skill, as children are able to notice the differences in letters.

Drawing a self-portrait gives children the chance to develop fine motor and eye hand coordination and to express their feelings about themselves.

Children’s self-portraits should change and become more detailed over time.

Advice for Parents

Prop up a mirror and get out the pencils! Encourage your child to draw a self-portrait, a picture of themselves. A self-portrait is usually a picture of your face. What can you see? I wonder what colour your eyes are. How many ears do you have? What does your hair look like? Look carefully… what else do you notice?

When your child is drawing like this they are learning to notice details, like eyelashes or the colour of their eyes. Noticing details is important for mathematics, science and even literacy.