At the end of last term, we held an end of year Open Evening at school for parents to come in and take a look at their child's work and to generally mingle with wine and nibblies.
To bring my classroom to life for the occasion, I decided to have my Year 5/6 class make some 'life size' versions of themselves to sit at their desk.
They're really easy to make. I used some big pieces of white card and drew the head shape lightly onto the best position on each one so that the children didn't draw a tiny head right in the middle of a big piece of card. I think modelled on the board how to draw the rest of their torso/arms/uniform and then left them to it. Once the painting was dry, the kids traced over the details with black markers and we cut them out (and attached the hands, which had to be made separately as they were too big for one piece of paper). Then I used a ruler to sit them up at the kids' desks and put their books in front of them on the table. The name tags were to help the parents to locate their child's desk.
All of the parents loved these as an idea and were keen to take them home. (I told the kids to hide them around the house - like sitting up in the bed in the spare room - to give their parents a surprise!)