Weekly Activities - All About Me
Book of the week
Things I Like by Anthony Browne.
Whether it's painting a picture or riding a bike, building sandcastles or playing with friends - or even just watching TV - there's something in this book that every toddler is sure to love!
We read our book of the week, ‘Things I Like’ at basecamp. We encouraged the children to talk about what they like doing. We explained that we will be making life size pictures of ourselves and we demonstrated by asking a child to lie down on some paper and we drew around them.
After each child had laid down on some paper and had been drawn around, the children were given mirrors to look at their facial features and either used paint or natural resources to decorate their pictures' face and head e.g. brown leaves for brown hair.
Each child could then try to write their name or find their name from the name cards and then have a go at writing it on the paper.
Afterwards we asked each child about their likes and dislikes, noting the child’s answers on the piece of paper (I like …). At basecamp we showed some of the children's creations and facilitated a discussion about their similarities/differences between other children and their likes/dislikes.
Aims and Objectives
Develop an awareness of their growing sense of self through asserting their likes and dislikes
Make connections between the features of themselves and others families
Notice and ask questions about differences, such as skin colour, types of hair, gender, special needs and disabilities, religion and so on
Explore natural materials
Explore and respond to different natural phenomena in their setting
Explore paint, using fingers and other parts of their bodies as well as brushes and other tools
Try the same exercise at home with your child and compare answers with what had been written on their paper at Forest School. You can also ask different questions at home such as:
Are you the same as mummy/daddy/brother/sister/cousin etc?
What differences can you see, hear and feel?
What do you like doing at home?
What don't you like doing at home?
What is your favourite...
Have fun spending time together with your child and you might be surprised at some of the answers they give!