Friday, July 6, 2012

All About Me


Book Suggestions:

All About Me by DK Publishing
My Book About Me by Dr. Seuss
All About Me:  A Hundred Things that Happened to Me between 0 and 3 by Selina Young
You Are Speical Little One by Nancy Tafuri
Me I Am by Jack Prelutsky
I like Me by Nancy Carlson
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

Activities:

Height:
Materials:  pencil, yard stick or measuring tape, a large piece of paper
Description:  Measure your toddler.  Have them stand with their back against a door frame or wall.  Draw a line with a pencil right at the top of your toddler's head.  Have your toddler step back to see how tall they are.  Using a measuring tape or yard stick measure the distance between the ground and the pencil line to see how many feet/inches your toddler is.  On a large piece of paper, write down your toddler's height.  (you will add their weight, age, a picture etc to this collage later in the week).
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to understand measurement, teach your tot to use a measuring tool, teach your tot to better understand yourself, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development


Weight:
Materials:  Scale, same large piece of paper from previous activity, marker
Description:  Show your toddler a scale.  Talk about what it is used for the numbers on the scale.  Count by 5's or 10's for your little one, depending on the numbers shown on the scale.  Have your toddler step on the scale and see how much they weigh.  Write their weight down onto the large piece of paper creating an "All About Me" collage.
Skills Targeted:  Teach your tot to understand weight, teach your tot to understand how to measure weight, teach your tot to use a scale, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot to develop pre-math skills


Take A Picture:
Materials:  Camera, an old photo of your toddler when they were younger (you could use several pictures at different ages), same large piece of paper used in the above activities
Description:  Take a picture of your toddler.  Print the picture at home or a local photo developing center.  Show your toddler the picture and talk about their features (what color is your little one's hair, eyes etc).  Show your toddler a picture (or several pictures) of themself when they were younger.  Compare and contrast the pictures.  How is their hair different?  Are their eyes color different or the same?  Are they taller or shorter in each picture?  Etc.  Glue the pictures to the "All About Me" collage and write what age your toddler is under each picture.
Skills Targeted:  Teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to recognize features about yourself, teach your tot color recognition


Make Yourself:
Materials:  Large piece of paper (butcher paper or roll of white paper works best), pencil, markers, yarn, glue
Description:  Create a life size replica of your toddler.  Have your little one lay down on a piece of large paper.  Using a pencil, trace your toddler's body.  When you are finished have your toddler help you fill in the details to make the body look like them.  Draw eyes and have your toddler color them the same color as their eyes.  Draw a nose and mouth and ears (or have your toddler draw these features).  Have your toddler tell you what color hair they have and whether it is long or short.  Help your toddler draw hair or glue on yarn to match their hair color and length.  Next have your toddler help you color in their favorite clothes.  Hang the life size poster up for your little one to look at throughtout the week.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to better understand yourself and what you look like, teach your tot to pay attention to detail, teach your tot to enhance creativity

A Few Of My Favorite Things:
Materials:  Camera
Description:  Talk to your toddler about some of their favorite things that they like to do. Make a list of these things and throughout the week, make opportunities for your little one to do these things.  For example, if they love to go to the park, try to take a trip to the park.  For each activity, take a picture of your toddler.  Print all the pictures and put them into a 4X6 album.  On the cover or inside on the first page, write My Favorite Things At Age ___.  Your toddler will enjoy this book for years to come! 
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to recall details, teach your tot to better understand themselves, teach your tot to develop pre-reading skills

All In a Name:
Materials:  pencil, paper
Description:  Talk with your toddler about their name.  Maybe you named them for a reason or after someone special.  Tell your toddler how you came up with their name.  You can look online and find out what their name means.  Have them learn their first middle and last name by reciting it to you throughout the week.  Write your toddler's name for them and have them identify the letters in their name.  Count how many letters are in your toddler's name.  This is also a great week to have your toddler practice writing their own name. 
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot writing skill development, teach your tot motor skill development, lteach your tot anguage development, teach your tot to better understand yourself, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot counting


Where I live:
Materials:  camera, paper, crayons
Description:  Tallk to your toddler about where they live.  Take out a map and show them what state their house is in.  Take your toddler outside and look at your house.  Talk about your house...what color is it?  How many rooms does it have?  Is it a house, apartment, condo etc?  How many windows does it have?  Etc.  Take a picture of your house.  Take your toddler inside and have them draw  picture of their house.  (if they need help you could draw it and they could color it).  Print the picture that you took of your house and glue it to the your toddler's drawing of their house.  Help your toddler repeat their address several times.  If your toddler is ready, have them recite their address to you daily, this week, learning their address. 
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot language development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot counting, teach your tot life skill development, teach your tot to better understand where you live, teach your tot to better understand yourself, teach your tot to learn your address, teach your tot to understand a map

My Family:
Materials: Camera, poster board or 4X6 album, glue
Description:  Talk to your toddler about their family (you can talk about your immediate family or include grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.  Get as indepth as you like).  Take pictures of your family members and print them out.  If there are relatives that do not live close enough to take a picture of, have them send a picture to you.  Draw a tree on a piece of poster paper and glue the pictures onto the paper, making a family tree.  Write each person's name under their picture.
If you prefer, or if your toddler is younger, simply put all the pictures into a 4X6 album and write each person's name on the picture.  Read this mini book to your toddler throughout the week.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot language development, teach your tot to better understand themself and their family,teach your tot to recognize people

My Friends:
Materials:  camera, posicle sticks, glue
Description:  Talk to your toddler about their friends.  See if your little one can name some of their friends.  Take pictures (a full length shot will work best) of your toddler's friends or have their friends parents send you a picture via email.  Print pictures, but out the bodies and have your toddler help you glue each friend onto a popsicle stick.  Throughout the week you can count the friends, name the friends, and use these friend puppet to role play good behaviors such as sharing, being kind and helping.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot kindness and good behavior, teach your tot counting, teach your tot to recall details, teach your tot to better understand the world around you


Songs and Fingerplays:

Me, Me, Me:
Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Me me me
Me me me
There is only one me.
My name is _______.
I'm _____ years old.
I have 10 fingers and toes.

Me me me
Me me me
I love me.
My mom loves me
My dad loves me
I am special as you can see!

I am ______ (name of your toddler):
Sung to the tune of You Are My Sunshine

I am _______ (name of your toddler).
The only _________ (name of your toddler).
I feel happy when I ___________ (something that makes your toddler happy).
I have a ____________ (something your toddler has such as a brother, sister, dog, doll etc).
And a ____________  (something else that your toddler has).
I help mommy ___________ (something your toddler helps you do) everyday.

Online Fun:

Videos:
check out www.sesamestreet.org for great videos!

All by myself

Me Photo Album
 
Snacks and Recipes:
Favorite Foods:
Throughout the week talk with your toddler about their favorite foods.  Have your toddler help you make their favorite snacks, meals and desserts during the week!

1 comment:

Mel@TheDizzyMom said...

How neat! I remember doing things like this at 8 years old and I LOVED making journals and books about me. I'll do this with my toddler for sure!

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