This is a fantastic theme within early childhood that helps interaction within the service environment. The children learn about themselves and also the children within the service environment. It may help with child interaction with others. For example, child A may like farm machinery, child E may like farm machinery also but both children did not know the other liked this. This may provide interaction and discussion between both children. This can also help child led activities. For example, an area were their is items related to all about me. This may include pictures of hobbies, hair, eye colour etc. All about me also promotes the learning of the child learning more about themselves as an individual. All about me learning involved includes; questioning, uniquesness, individuality, differences, exploring and thinking, well being, mathematics, communication skills, hand eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, interests. We are all unique in different ways and teaching children this is important. This may include interests. Below is a list of art and activities for this topic;
Art and Activities
- Creating a mirror using card and tin foil. The child can decorate the mirror using various materials such as gems, coloured card etc. This could include at the top “I am Special”.
- Discussion on how we are all different and unique. For example, this may be done within a circle time activity. The example may be used I have blonde curly hair, while early years educator B has short brown hair OR child A has brown eyes but child B has green eyes.
- Skin coloured art. This may be used using colouring pencils, crayons or paints. Each child matched these to their skin colour and create a picture of themselves using the crayons, colouring pencils or paints. This may then be displayed within the room. Each child could put e.g. blue, green or brown eyes and their different features.
- Playdough Faces. This may include the children taking part in creating the playdough and then creating their own face using the different playdough colours and types.
- Maths activity. Each child measures their foot or hand using cubes. The sheet at the bottom may include my foot or hand is ____ cubes long. The sheet at the top may include a tracing of the hand or foot.
- Black face templates. This could include different eye colours, nose and mouth shapes and hair types. The back of these would have either sticky or magnetic backs to stick to the template.
- A all about me book. The early years practitioner could send each parent or guardian 4 sheets of coloured card and ask each parent or guardian to put photographs of the child’s family and their hobbies within the card. The booklet would then be displayed within the library corner were each child can look at each others booklets. For example, Child A may have a pet dog, while child C may have a pet cat. This opens up conversations.
- A family area. This would include an individual photograph of every child within the service with their family.
- A all about me display. This would include a cloud with the child’s name and rainbow coloured strips with all about the child. For example, I like playing outside or I have one brother and 1 sister.
- Decorating ginger bread men. This activity could include decorating the ginger bread man as the child themselves. e.g. different colouring icing and items such as smarties. Blue icing for child with blue eyes or yellow icing for blonde hair etc.
- A simple mathematics display. This would include how many children have ______ coloured eyes and how may children have _____ coloured hair. This may follow with their are ___children with blue eyes, while ___children have green eyes. This involves questioning and exploring and thinking.
- An area were each child within the service is within a map. This may include flags of were each child comes from.
- A day were parents, guardians and the children bring food from their ethnic background. Each child and the parents simple the foods. The child/parents/guardian who brought each dish tell a little about the dish.
- Egg faces. This involves making a small hole at the top of an ear and blowing the inside out. The child would then make their face with various materials and be very careful with their egg. For example, cotton wool for hair.
- Body shapes were each child creates themselves using various materials around the service environment.
- A jigsaw used cutting up various photographs of the children within the service. This would be a unique activity for the children. The children then try to put their photographs and others within the room together again.
- Thumb print art. Each child dips their thumb into paint and prints it. This provides discussion on the differences each of their thumbprints are. The early years educator may question “why do you think our thumb prints are all different”.
- Height chart. This may include using coloured paper measuring each child.
- A hobby board. This discussion provides openings for activities, making friendships and the educator learning of interests of the children. For example child a, b and c may be interested in the planets.
- Paper plate faces using various materials such as buttons, cotton wool etc.
- Creating their own household. This an be done by cutting a house shape out using card or a lollypop sticks. The child would draw their family within the house.
- An all about me sensory area. This would include a tray with shredded paper and words such as mummy, daddy, sister, brother, granny, grandpa. The tray would then have photographs mixed within the tray. This would provide discussion.
- A sensory tray with different features of the children within the service. This would include using lentils and cutting features from photographs of the children within the service. Each of the children would guess what features belong to each child. For example, eyes, maybe a picture of a coat a child wears.
- Outdoor activity. The children creating themselves using outdoor materials such as leaves, grass or flowers.
- Stories that feature all about me within.
- Songs. For example, Head, shoulders, knees and toes.
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.”