Need: pictures, glue, construction paper
This is an activity that the children do with their parents. It is a
great way to get parents involved. You will be surprised to see how
much involvement you will get. Also you will be amazed at how
creative some of them can be!
Send a letter home telling them that you are learning about families.
You will also need to send a large piece of construction paper. Ask
them to make a family banner of their families. Some of them will
simply glue on pictures, some will add art work, glue on additions or
cut their banners to be another shape. (maybe a family tree) Let them
decide. All of my parents really enjoyed this and a lot of them said
that it was "their homework."
Display them on a bulletin board for everyone to view. It is a great
way to make little ones feel more secure when they see pictures of
their families at school. Contributed By: Linda Young
Use a picture of an item (ex. heart) to represent each member of the
family. Decorate heart. Paste a picture of a member on each heart.
Make a hole at top. Attach from a tree branch hanging from the ceiling.Contributed By: Suzanne Marchand-Niles
Have each child draw a head, body, arms and legs to represent
himself. (you can place a mirror in front to help). Cut each piece
individually. Pierce hole in piece. Join pieces together with wool or
string. Hang from tree branch. The family members will move when
there is movement or a breeze. Have child imitate the movement. Contributed By: Suzanne Marchand-Niles
Ask each child to bring in a family picture. Label each child's
picture and place on a special bulletin board with the caption,
How many people are in your family?
Print each child's name on a piece of tagboard. Then cut people
figures. Laminate the name cards and people. Staple the name cards to
a bulletin board. Individually, the children can affix the people in
their family next to their name. Label the bulletin board, "How
many people are in your family?"
Where I Live
Put up a simple map of your area. If most of the children live within
a close radius, insert a bulletin board pin and a name tag at the
place each child's home is located
Children can cut out pictures of people from magazines. The pictures
can be pasted on a sheet of construction paper to make a college.
I Love My Family
Some families are large.
(spread arms out wide)
Some families are small.
(bring arms close together)
But I love my family
(cross arms over chest)
Best of all!
Families-Biggest to Smallest
Cut out from magazines several members of a family. The children can
place the members from largest to smallest, and then smallest to largest.
Family Member Chart
Graph the number of family members for each child's family in the classroom.
Need: tagboard and photocopies of photographs
Make peek-a-boo cards by gluing photocopies to tagboard. Glue the
edges of another piece of tagboard (with small window flaps cut in
it) to the one edge of the first. Invite children to open windows and
guess what's hidden.
Tape different sounds from around the house that families hear daily,
such as a crying baby, brushing teeth, telephone ringing, toilet
flushing, doorbell ringing, water running, alarm clock, etc. Play the
tape for the children to identify the correct sound.
Place objects pertaining to a family into a box. Include items such
as a baby rattle, a toothbrush, a comb, a baby bottle, etc. The
children feel the objects in the box and try to identify them.
Apples | Leaves | Families | Farm | Food Groups | Owls
Pumpkins | Halloween | Thanksgiving
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