Faces & Me

Faces & Me

A bit of a focus on ‘faces’ and ‘me’ over the last couple of weeks – lovely whilst we’re getting to know each other…



We particularly enjoyed reading or looking through these books…

Books linked with Me and Faces - from Rachel (",)


Transient Art Faces

I love seeing what they create with loose parts…

Creating faces with loose parts - from Rachel (",)

If you wonder if any of them ever ‘dump’ everything on, then…. YES!…

Loose parts in a frame - from Rachel (",)


Maths Opportunities

Sorting People

Photocopied to create matching, patterns and counting cards…

Matching kid counters to the photocopied version - from Rachel (",)

The one you see below was a mistake! I paced the people face up on the photocopier in error. But actually, it was quite useful to have as an alternative…

Matching kid counters to the photocopied version - from Rachel (",)

I moved these resources to a smaller table when I wanted to put different things on the maths table…

Sorting people and matching cards from Rachel (",)

Body Parts, Peg People & Numbers

Counting and Sorting from Rachel (",)


Fine Motor Activities 

Initials from Names

Using fine motor skills to decorate the first letter from their names (they don’t yet recognise the letters, but the focus was using the pincer grip to pick up the loose parts)…

Using our fine motor skills to decorate the first letters from our names - from Rachel (",)

Tap a Shape

Always so popular & brilliant for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills…

Tap a Shape fun from Rachel (",)

Adding ‘Hair’

Fine motor fun - adding 'hair'... from Rachel (",)


Tea Party

Anyone for tea? - from Rachel (",)


Teabags in the Water Tray

Teabags in the water tray- from Rachel



Laminated cellophane and acrylic shapes on the OHP…

Laminated cellophane and acrylic shapes on the OHP - from Rachel (",)


Peg People Play

Playing with peg people from Rachel (",)


Faces on the Light Panel

Although I’ve done this a few times before, I have to remember that it’s a new experience for this class – I often put pressure on myself to ‘invent’ something new for the children to do, which is a bit silly when I know the children will get a lot out of it and it’s not something they’ve done before…

Faces on the light panel from Rachel (",)

And, yes, there was occasionally a bit of a ‘pile on’ too…

Pile of loose parts on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

I moved these resources to the light panel after observing a few children doing it naturally…

Faces on the OHP from Rachel (",)


Numbers and Shapes on the Light Panel

I was partly using this an an opportunity to assess their shape & number knowledge, but we linked it with ‘their’ number…

Numbers and shapes on the light panel from Rachel (",)


Building Houses for Families & Friends

Building houses from Rachel (",)

When I needed the peg people on the maths table, I swapped them for some of the people we have in the small world & construction area…

Building for family and friends - from Rachel (",)



We took the opportunity to talk about feelings when looking at the book, ‘All About Faces’…

Talking about feelings - from Rachel (",)


Simple Small World Play

…with houses, cars, people and printable roads from Picklebums

Simple small world play with houses, cars, people and printable roads from Picklebums - from Rachel (",)


Dough People & Faces

Dough faces and people from Rachel (",)


Thanks for reading!

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– Rachel (“,)

Sequin catastrophe! - from Rachel (",)

PS. Just in case you think my classroom always looks neat and tidy, I thought I’d share what I discovered in our creative area… I only thought to take a photo when most of it was cleared up – it was a LOT worse than this!



  1. So inspiring!! Thank you for posting. We all get in a rut from time to time. I thoroughly enjoy your open ended stations. And many thanks for the last picture. The mess shows the success!!!

    • Thanks, Sue! 🙂

  2. Great ideas Rachel and so diverse I will definitely be implementing these resources.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks, Sylvie! Im glad you think you’ll find them useful 🙂

  3. I love your ideas. I am a very visual person and need pictures to remember activities I would like to use in the future. I want introduce FACES to my kids. When I try to copy/paste your pictures it says the function is disabled. Anyway I can copy them just for my use.
    Keep those great ideas coming. Thanks

    • Do you use Pinterest? It’s a very visual way to save ideas. All my images are ‘pinnable’ – that way the image you save would link back to the post they are from 🙂
      Thanks for the lovely comment!

  4. Love all your ideas- Where did you get the little plastic people from. We have a few at school, but could do with more! Love the pattern idea 🙂

  5. Hey! I love these ideas. We’re going to use the dough one next week. Where did you get the little wood pieces from to build the people? I love that idea!

    • Do you mean the long thin sticks they used as legs & arms? If so, they are coffee/tea stirrers. A parent donated them, but maybe you could ask in a coffee shop? (The short sticks are matchsticks.)
      Or do you mean something else?

  6. I’m looking for some emotion inspiration and I love what you’ve done here! I’m having a hard time finding two of the books…”Friends” and “Faces”. Will you please tell me the authors?

    Many thanks!

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Julie!
      Faces is by Zoe Miller & David Goodman and Friends is by Mies van Hout 🙂


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