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The Art of Travel

Family Vacation Portraits

By November 10, 2013January 26th, 2015One Comment

postcard1This travel activity for kids will get them smiling and concentrating at the same time! It’s great for children to create a portrait of themselves or another family member, both from a self esteem and belonging perspective as well as an artistic one. It helps develop fine motor skills, an understanding of symmetry, color and shape. Finished artworks can be framed as wonderful family portraits. This activity is suitable for age 3+


This travel art can be done in:

  • Cars
  • Planes
  • Trains
  • Hotel rooms


What you will need:

  • A clear ‘head and shoulders’ photo of your child.
  • Letter size white paper
  • A selection of colored pencils/crayons/washable felt tips in a plastic lidded box.




  • Collect some clear photographs
  • Enlarge the photograph to US Letter size if you have access to a copier or scanner and printer. If not, cut the photograph in half.
  • Glue the ‘half face’ picture onto white paper.
  • Collect a selection of colored pencils/crayons/washable felt tips and put them in a plastic lidded box.
  • Set your child up with a tray and all materials and let them create their self portraits!


Postcard 1: This postcard shows the ‘half face’ on paper, prepared ahead of your journey
Postcard 2: This postcard shows 2 finished masterpieces, by Elvie, age 4 and Charlie, age 6


square-logoDiane Pagan is graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a fashion/textiles degree. She is a UK mom who passionate about creativity, and she set up The Imagination Box to share her treasure trove of ideas and inspire families to bring more art into their lives. Connect with her and get more great ideas at

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