Myself – Games and Activities
Activity 1 – Learning their names
Have all of the children sit in a circle on the rug. Pass a ball around the circle and as each child receives the ball they say their name aloud (to help everyone learn everyone’s name). Go round the circle several times. You can vary it by having the children SHOUT their names or whisper their names. You can increase the speed so that everyone tries to say their name quickly as they pass the ball around quickly. The length of this activity may vary depending on the children’s interest (My kids loved it!). Then tell the children when they get the ball, they can say a new friend’s name and roll the ball to that person (Help with the names, if the children are unsure.). Continue rolling the ball across the circle until everyone has at least one turn. You may choose to play another round depending on the children’s interest.
Have each child draw a picture of their first day in kindergarten. I usually Xerox a piece of paper that says, “My First Day in Kindergarten” and take a sentence of dictation from each child so their parents know what they did.
Graph how each child comes to school (car, bus, walk).
Activity 2 – Myself Flash Cards
Flash Cards help children to enhance their vocabulary and to understand more the topic you are talking about. Flash Cards can be used as a game. Click on the below link for a portable version of some useful flash cards.
Activity 3 – My Body custom book
The mini-books are quite simple with images that should appeal to young children and simple, repetitive words that children in Preschool thru Grade 1 should be able to read themselves.
- Paper (you can use a slightly heavier paper for a longer lasting book)
- Something to colour with (if using B&W template)
- Print template of choice. The B&W version is fun for young children to colour in or for older children to colour as gifts for younger ones. I like printing a colour cover and B&W pages.
- Colour the template pieces if you are doing the B&W version.
- If you imagine a ‘real’ book for a second, you know that each page has printing on the front and the back. We’re going to fold the pages to make it like a real book.
- Ignore the cover for now.
- Fold each page along the center dotted line so the images are on the OUTSIDE and the blank sides of the paper are on the inside (imagine you’re making a greeting card).
- You can use a glue stick, if you like, to glue the pages together (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE COVER!)
- Stack the pages, so the odd numbers are on top and the folded edges are lined up. Trim with scissors or paper cutter if needed.
- Fold the cover page along the dotted line, again with the images on the outside.
- OPTIONAL: You can laminate the cover page or print it on cardstock if you want it to be more like a real book’s cover.
Assemble the book:
- Open the cover page (like a folder) and slip the pages inside so that when you open the cover you’ll see page 1 — the unfolded edges of the pages will go against the folded part of the cover.
- Close the cover page and tap the book so everything lines up.
- Put three or four staples along the edge to hold the book together.
- Trim again, if needed.
- Flip through the book once, carefully folding the pages to make the book easier for the children to read.
Printing the templates:
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
- There’ll be less trimming to do if you also turn off the headers and footers.
For Mini book template check the Myself – Flash Cards.
More activities that you can do:
Make outlines (silhouettes) of different family members: mom, dad, brother, sisters, self, and even pets and the children make a family collage. You could send home a piece of paper with a note asking for each member of the family to trace or have traced their handprint on the paper. Each person could decorate any way they wanted to. The children enjoy talking about their family’s handprints. Then hang them on the bulletin board.
Each child is given a book at the beginning of the unit with a caption on each page. (Books Can be made using newsprint and construction paper.) My mother is special because… My dad can… Grandparents are special because….The best part of being a brother/sister is… Each day the children are asked to draw a different picture and complete the sentence with you help. A wonderful book to bring home and ‘read’.
Take a walk and have the children collect four or five different sized rocks to make a family. Bring them back and paint them. Then let the children play with their families. Encourage them to make up stories about their rock families. For example have them name their rocks and tell what each one likes to do. Help them expand their stories by asking questions.
Shaving Just Like Daddy
Materials: whipping cream, mixer, bowl, small cups, crafts sticks or tongue depressors, mirror
Procedure: Give each child a small cup full of ‘shaving cream’ (whipped cream) and a ‘razor’ (craft stick). Looking into a mirror, the children put the shaving cream on their faces, all over their imaginary beards and moustaches. Then, slowly and carefully, they ‘shave’ off their whiskers until they can feel their smooth faces. Next time they can give someone else a shave. Be sure the children understand that real razors are not to play with.
Three Bear Family
First get a refrigerator or wash machine box and cut off one of the sides. Then on the center piece cut a peaked roof and a window on each of the sides. It’s no longer a complete box but an opened up “U” shape. The kids can get on both sides of it and paint it using bright colours. When this is dry, use it as kind of a back drop for the house. The kids build beds, chairs, and a table using the hollow blocks – good math activity trying to figure out the different size beds: if we use two blocks for the baby bed, how many for moms and dads? Same thing with the chairs. Provide pillows and blankets, and: a baby bonnet for baby bear, an apron and hat for mama bear, a tie and hat for papa bear, a dress and barrette with yellow curls for goldilocks, a giant bowl, middle sized bowl and baby bowl, a giant wooden spoon (the kind that hangs on the wall – a thrift store find), a tablespoon and a baby spoon. Then enact the play.
Have parents share favourite family recipe or tradition. Have parents come in and read to children.
Make a chart titled “How many people in your Family?” On a large poster board, list children’s names. Glue small people cut-outs next to each child corresponding with the number of people in the family. Line them up neatly so the children can compare size of family.
Grow Your Own Family Tree
- Large sheet of paper
- Coloured paper
- Crayons, markers, or coloured pencils
Draw a tree on the large sheet of paper. Be sure to give your tree lots of branches!
- Cut out a colour paper shape to represent you – a circle if you are a girl or a square if you are a boy.
- Write your name on the shape and paste it on the trunk of your tree.
- Cut out shapes for all of your present family members and others important to you – mothers, brothers, neighbours, and pets.
- Write names on the shapes and paste them on the lower branches of your tree.
- Cut out shapes for all your past family members and others important to you – grandparents, great-aunts, and friends.
- Write names on the shapes and paste them on the upper branches of your tree.
- Draw a picture on each shape that tells something about that person.
- Congratulations! You have started doing genealogy – recording your family history!
More Family History Fun!
Take your tree to a family gathering! Ask if there are more family members to add to your tree. Remember to add pictures, too. Make a memory book! Have family members tell you their favourite family memory. Write them down in a notebook. Create a scrapbook! Collect photographs, postcards, souvenirs and other items from your favourite family activities. Save them in an album or box.