Friday, November 18, 2011

Family

Book Suggestions:

Family by Isabell Monk
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Just Shopping with Mom by Mercer Mayer
Where's My Mom by Julia Donaldson
Its the Best Day Ever Dad by Brooke Shields
Me and My Dad by Alison Richie
My Dad by Anthony Brown
What Sisters/Brothers do Best by Laura Numeroff
Grandparents by Anne-Laure Le-Ray
Grandpa's Little One by Billy Crystal
Spot Visits His Grandparents by Eric Hill

Activities:

Dinner place cards:
Materials: construction paper, colored card stock, glue, scissors, pictures of family members
Description: Your toddler can help you make name cards to put on the table at dinner, while learning about their family. Together, with your toddler make a list of everyone that will be at your dinner (friends or family) and find pictures of each person. (You may need to contact some of your family and have them email a picture of themselves!). Cut out enough strips of card stock for everyone that will be there(about 2 1/2 in. thick and about 5 in. long). Have your toddler help you fold these in half. They should stand up by themselves. Next cut out the pictures of each person and have your toddler glue one picture to each piece of paper. Talk about each person with your child (how are they related? etc) and write their name under their picture. Your toddler can decorate these with other craft items such as sequence, glitter or stickers.
Skill Targeted: teach your tot to recognize family members, teach your tot about people they love, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot motor skill development




You could also make napkin rings instead of place holders!


Family Tree:

Materials: poster board, pictures of family members, markers, glue, scissors
Description: If you did a family tree during grandparents week or tree week, bring it back out to reinforce this idea! Remember repetition is great for toddlers.
Draw a large tree on a poster board. Have your little one help you color it. Cut out pictures of family members. Show the pictures to your toddler and talk about the people in the pictures. Have your toddler glue the pictures on to create a family tree. You can get as detailed as you like or keep it simple. Write the names of all the family members under their pictures.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize family members, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skills, teach your tot about people they love


Slide Show:
Materials: digital pictures of family members, computer
Description: Children love using the computer. Create a digital slide show of different family members. There are many websites that allow you to drop your pictures into a file and create a slide show (some even put it to music). Do this with pictures of family and friends and let your toddler watch it over and over. Talk to your child about each picture as it appears on the screen. (You could even use photo editing software and write the names of each family members on each picture)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize family members, teach your tot to develop a sense of family and belonging, teach your tot language development, teach your tot computer skills

Map:
Materials: map of the US (or world if you have relatives in other countries), pictures of family members, glue, scissors
Description: Toddlers have such a limited understanding of location and how large the world is around them. This is a great way to expand their knowledge of the world around them. Take out a map of the US and talk about it with your toddler. Show them where they live and have them glue a picture of themselves on their state. Show your toddler pictures of their family members and show them where each person lives on the map. Your little one can glue each family members picture on the state that they live in.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot beginning map skills, teach your tot to better understand the world around them, teach your tot language development

Hand in Hand:
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue, paint (optional)
Description: Compare and contrast everyone’s hands in your family. Trace each person’s hand onto a piece of construction paper. Cut out each hand and have your toddler find the biggest and the smallest hand. Help your little one put the hands in order from biggest to smallest. Your toddler can glue each hand, starting with the biggest, on top of each other. (you could add a small heart to the top of the hands to show that everyone in your family loves each other.) You could also do this activity by painting each person in your family’s hands and stamping them onto a piece a paper, one on top of the other (use different colors).
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot smallest and biggest, teach your tot to develop a sense of family belonging


Big, Bigger, Biggest:
Materials: paint, paper
Description: Have all the members of your family paint their feet and stamp their foot print onto a piece of paper. Take a look at all the feet with your toddler and see if they can find the biggest foot print and the smallest one. You can even write each person's name under their hand print.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot biggest and smallest,


Pretend Play:
Materials: toys such as little people, dolls, etc.
Description: Take some time this week and play family with your toddler. Role playing and pretending are so good for a child's imagination. Your toddler can pretend to be a mom or dad and take care of their babies (baby dolls) or play with Little People and have a mom, dad, children, cousins, etc.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to role play, teach your tot to use their imagination, teach your tot to develop a sense of family

Family Book:
Materials: small 4X6 photo album, camera
Description: Talk to your toddler about their family. See how many people, in your family, your toddler can name. Gather pictures of family members (you can keep this simple and only do immediate family or use extended family or friends as well). Show the pictures to your toddler and talk about each person and how they are related to your toddler. Write each person’s name on their picture. Put all the pictures into a small photo album and your toddler can read this homemade book over and over throughout the week.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop a sense of family belonging, teach your tot to recognize family members, teach your tot about people who they love

Family Memory:
Materials: photos of family members, wooden circles (optional) or heavy card stock
Description: Here is a wonderful idea for a game of memory using family photos, thanks for creative mom Elizabeth Kartchner! Your toddler can play this over and over throughout the week. As they get pairs, have them tell you each person’s name and something about that person!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize family members, teach your tot to develop a sense of belonging, teach your tot memory skills, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot to recall details about someone


Songs and Fingerplays:

Family:
(Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I have a family
family, family.
I have a family
And I love them so.

I have a daddy,
a daddy, a daddy
and he loves me so.

I have a mommy,
a mommy, a mommy.
I have a mommy
and she loves me so.

continue with different members of your family. You could also hold up a picture of each person as you sing this song.

Who are the People in Your Family:
(sung to the tune of Who are the People in your Neighborhood)

Who are the people in your family?
In your family? In your family?
Tell me who are the people in your family.
The people that love each day.

A mommy is a person in your family.
In your family. In your family.
A mommy is a person in your family.
A person that you love each day.

A daddy is a person in your family.
In your family. In your family.
A daddy is a person in your family.
A person that you love each day.

Continue with different members of your family. Hold up pictures of each person as you sing this song.

Online Fun:

Videos:
Al Roker: Talks about Family at Sesame Street online.

Sorting a Family at Sesame Street online.
Recipes:

Bake Cookies:
Bake your favorite cookie recipe and wrap it up to deliver to members of your family.

Have your toddler help you cook dinner for their family

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