Silhouette Portraits

Third Grade Social studies Activities: Silhouette Portraits

What You Need:

  • Large roll of white paper
  • Chair
  • Flashlight
  • At least 3 people – the child who will appear in silhouette, plus you and one other person
  • Crayons and markers
  • Tape

What You Do:

  1. Tape a long piece of paper to the wall.
  2. Set a chair sideways in front of the paper. Have your child sit in it, so his profile is facing you.
  3. Give the third person the flashlight and have him shine it on your child, so his shadow is projected onto the white paper.
  4. Trace his outline with black marker.
  5. Turn off the flashlight, and let him colour in his profile with half a mouth, an eye, hair, and even clothes!

Now your silhouette is finished. Hang it up as you outline the profiles of other family members and friends, and you can create a silhouette gallery walk!

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