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Paper plate and cardboard collage face portrait kids craft activity

This is a fantastic kids craft project to begin a conversation about faces and how different people look. Whilst making these portraits we also chatted about emotions and how they are reflected in our faces. I showed the children that just by changing the eye brows or mouth you can make a face look angry or happy.

We recently did this project at one of our MINI MAD kids CRAFT WORKSHOPS and it was a huge hit with all the children. Some of the children wanted to make portraits of themselves or their parents, other chose to make crazy imaginary monster faces. By leaving the 'face element' shapes I cut from the cardboard quite non-prescriptive it made the activity more open-ended, it was so fantastic to see the children interpret the project in their own way.


  • Paper plates, palm leaf plates or cardboard circles
  • Cardboard
  • PVA craft glue
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Egg cartons (optional)
  • Yarn (optional)


Begin by preparing the base for your faces, we used palm leaf plates but paper plates or discs of cardboard would work just as well. Cut lots of simple 'face element' shapes from the cardboard, we kept all our shapes quite simple and not too prescriptive so the kids are able to interpret the shapes in their own way. You can either pre-paint the cardboard in different colours or allow the kids to paint their own faces after gluing them.

Cardboard collage face protrait kids craft

Compose how your would like your face to look and glue the pieces in place. Once glued you can then offer paints and other materials like yarn to decorate your plates.

cardboard collage face children's craft activity

fun cardboard and paper plate portraits

painted paper plate portrait kids art project

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