Young children love learning about themselves, and these 15 activities have all been designed to help your child do so in a fun and creative way. Learning to write your name, learning about our body parts and learning to identify emotions are only some of the topics that are addressed in a relaxed and carefree manner. Take a look at these…
(Activities with free printables)
1. ‘All about me’ 6 page activity pack – From totschooling.com . What a great all-round printable pack! You can take this along if you need something to keep your little one occupied for a while, just make sure you have a box of crayons too.
2. Getting-to-know-you-game – This great game can be played with your child, or between your children if you have an older child that is good at reading. Download the game here (preschoolpowolpackets.com)
3. School Bus Name Activity – Totschooling.net brings us another very cute printable, just print it out and let your child fill in their name in the spaces on the bus.
4. All about my family book – This printable book (happyandblessedhome.com) is a great way to keep the kids busy on a rainy afternoon. Just pull out the craft box, and let them do their thing. There are many, many looks to choose from, and you can print only the ones that represent the people in your family.
5. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – What a super cute printable (fromabcstoacts.com)! It comes in a boy and a girl shape, so you can print which ever you need. They also have a link to a very cute version of Head, Shoulders, knees and Toes to watch and sing with your little one.
6. All About Me printables – This activity pack is super sweet, and really well designed. I can actually see it framed and up on a bedroom wall. Go to naturalbeachliving.com and take a look for yourself.
(Arts and Crafts Activities)
7. Set Up A 5 Senses Discovery Table – Teach your child about the 5 senses using everyday objects. Head on over to littlebinsforlittlehands.com to see how it’s done.
8. Emotion Pebbles – Grab some paint, and create a bunch of emotion pebbles. You and your little one can create funny faces and talk about emotions in a relaxed manner while having fun. Get the instructions here (messylittlemonster.com)
9. Paper Doll Family – When we were growing up, we made SO many paper dolls… seriously! Loved it! thecrafttrain.com has all the detail. Go check it out!
10. Silly Embellished Portraits – Basically take a photo of your little one and then let them get creative! So much fun! All the details here (brought to you by Mama.Papa.Bubba)
11. Make Edible ‘This Is Me’ Cookies – These cookies are easy to make and the kids love having a treat. As long as you don’t make them too often, right? (found at crafts-for-preschool-kids.com)
What you need:
• Caramel Rice Cakes
• Peach colored icing (mix white icing with orange food coloring)
• Light Brown Icing (you can mix chocolate and white icing together to get many shades of skin tones)
• Brown, Black, and Red Licorice for hair
• Crushed chocolate/ Vanilla cookies for hair
• Chocolate candies, blue, green and brown for eyes
• Red candies for the mouth
• Fruit shaped candies for hair bows
• Yellow candy for middle of hair bows
What to do:
• Give each child a rice cake and let them spread icing on for their skin.
• Give them candies to choose from to create their faces,hair, eyes, mouth, nose etc.
12. Felt Anatomy Lesson – This activity is super cool, and perfect for an inquisitive kid that’s always asking questions. Get the full instructions here (teachpreschool.org)
13. Photo Name Puzzle – Another great activity to keep in your bag and pull out if you need to entertain the little one for a few minutes. Get the instructions here (totschooling.net)
14. This Is Me Rhyming Game – A great way to introduce your children to the fun world of rhyming, while while strengthening their listening and oral skills at the same time. Get at the details here (growingbookbybook.com)
15. Nature Faces – Get the kids outside to collect some materials and watch them work their magic! You’ll be surprised at how creative they can be. Handmadekidsart.com has all the details.
Lots of great ideas! I hope you and your little one have a blast!
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