All About Me


Purpose:
Help your child learn about himself and others.

For this Activity you will need:

  • Mirror
  • Paper
  • Multicultural skin tone crayons
  • Yarn
  • Hole puncher
  • Child scissors
Instructions:
  1. Tell your child that together you will make an "All About Me" book.
  2. Give your child the mirror and ask him to look at himself and describe what he sees. For example, you may want to ask: "What do your eyes look like? What color are they? What color hair does do you have? Is your hair straight or curly? Short or long? What color is your skin? Do you see any freckles?"
  3. Give him the paper and crayons and ask him to draw a picture of himself. Encourage him to focus on what he sees in the mirror.
  4. When he is done with the self-portrait, ask him to tell you abut some of his favorite things. Ask: "What is your favorite color? What is your favorite food? What are your favorite things to do?"
  5. On another piece of paper, have your child draw all of his favorite things. Ask him to tell you about what he has drawn. As he tells you, label each item on the page.
  6. Next, ask your child, "Who is in our family?" Have him draw a picture of his family. When he is finished, label the people in the portrait.
  7. Help your child use the hole puncher and yarn to put the pages together to make his "All About Me" book.


Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Ask you child if he wants to add pages to his book. Help your child think about different kinds of pages to include. For example, pages on "My Friends" or "My Pets" may be added.
  • Talk with your child about the photographs you have in your home. Who is in them? Talk about similarities and differences among the people in his family.
  • Help your child make a book about his family and what each person does.
  • Read the book, People by Peter Spier

Background Information:

Social Studies (the study of people) involves:

  • Understanding how people live today and lived in the past.
  • Talking about people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Knowing how people work, solve problems, and get along with others.
  • Talking about self, family members, neighborhood and the community.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.

 

You can help build your child’s social studies skills by doing this activity.

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