During the past two summers I have hosted an art group for my girls and some of their friends. The ages range from 3-6. This year we started off by looking at Picasso faces and discussing the cubist idea of making pictures with shapes.
Pre-cut shapes out of various papers, fabric, foam (if you are with older children they may be interested in determining and cutting their own shapes)
Pre-cut head – I used card stock for sturdiness
Buttons and/or any other item that would lend itself to creating pictures with shapes
I had pictures of Picasso faces for them to look at on the table while they worked. The kids used the shapes to collage together a face. Our kids liked to make sure all the body parts were in their rightful position. But it surely would be like Picasso if they explored mixing it up a bit similar to Picasso. For younger children it helps to guide their thinking with questions like: What shape would work for the eyes? What else would a face have?
Our older ones took to an animal theme and made cat and dog faces. cool!