Not surprisingly, most children love making collages. So making a Photo Face Collage is an excellent activity for combining skill building with fun!
There are endless amounts of different collages that you can make; this Photo Face Collage focuses on photographs. Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder experience face blindness. One boy that I know worked on recognizing the faces of the children in his preschool class for the entire school year. By the end of the year he could recognize half the photos of the kids in his class. Imagine going through life without recognizing people easily. This activity can help with face recognition as well as a variety of other skills.
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Print pictures of several photos of people in your child’s life. You can supplement various expressions with
pictures downloaded from the internet to make this Photo Face Collage.
Cut out only the faces. For the child who is still learning to cut with scissors draw a circle around the face as a
Glue onto poster board.
Once your poster is complete there are several games that you can play:
Call out certain features or emotions such as, who looks happy? Who has long hair?You can work on directionality by asking who is to the left of the girl with the blonde, curly hair?, etc.
You can work on phonics by asking the child to point to the person whose name starts with a “B”.
You can extend this by asking for the last letter of that person’s name.
Have fun with emotions. Ask the child to identify the emotion on a certain face and then act out that emotion.
Be sure to add silliness into the game so that your child stays engaged.
This activity works particularly well as a preschool activity but can be fun for everyone. It would actually be fun
to adapt this game for travel and add pictures of people and places that the child is likely to see on their trip.
Our Photo Face Collage turned out so cute that I think we will be keeping it as a treasure for years to come.