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There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Every Mouse and Bumblee
[Traditional rhyme; adapted]
The words “mother” and “father” can be replaced with grandma, grandpa, sister, brother, etc.
Baby Blanket (or Family Quilt)
Children glue small squares of fabric to a piece of felt to make a “baby blanket”. Children use it with the classroom baby dolls to role play taking care of a baby. Or, if you prefer, you can call it a family quilt.
Children use multicultural paint to paint a small paper plate, add yarn hair to match the color of their own hair, add wiggle eyes, and draw a nose and mouth. These are taped to a craft stick to make a puppet. On the stick, write: “[Child's name] is special.” Or, if you’re in a Christian program write: “God made [child's name].”
Paper Bag Puppets
Children make a puppet of one of their family members using a paper bag.
[Art, Social Skills]
Children draw a picture their family members.
Bear Family Play Dough Cutters
Add bear family cookie cutters (made by Wilton) to the play dough area. Children use these to cut out the different sizes of bears to make the bear family.
Play Dough Family
Children can make people with the play dough. Encourage them to make a family. Add Barbie shoes to the area for the children to add to the feet of their family. Be sure to include shoes for women, men, and children.
Word Card Game: There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Print and cut apart the word cards for this game. Each child in the group should have a set to use. Call out the words for each card and have the children hold up each card (this familiarizes them with the cards). To play the game, slowly recite the nursery rhyme (you may want to pause at the key words). Each time the children hear one of the key words, they should hold up that card. Repeat the game as many times as the children are interested. When we play this game in my classroom, I have my own set of cards to use along with the children to help cue them when to hold up a card. Then, after they have seen me model the game a few times, I let them do it on their own.
Print, cut out, and laminate the sequencing cards. Make sure the children understand what each picture represents. Have the children use these to sequence their morning routine. After they wake up, what do they do first? Eat breakfast or wash their face? Each child’s sequence will be slightly different, according to their family’s morning routine. This set has 8 sequencing cards. Older children should be able to sequence all 8 cards, but you may want to limit the cards to 4 for younger children. (I tried to find more multicultural photos for these cards, but these are all that were available.)
Animal Families Class Book
After we read the book, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?, by Eric Carle, we made a our own class book. Each page of our book says, “A ____ has a mother, too. Just like me and you.” Children cut a picture of an animal from a magazine and glued it on the page. I found great animal pictures in Your Big Backyard magazine. To make our class books, I use “presentation book covers” from an office supply store or Walmart. It has a sturdy plastic cover with a clear insert, and the pages are also clear inserts. I just slip in a page for the front cover, and slip in the children’s pages inside. These can be reused.
Choose a families-themed book that you would consider good literature (good characters, plot, beginning, middle, end, etc.) Show the book to the children and tell them to think about what happened in the story, and the people (characters) and places they saw in the story. Think about what each character said. Give each child a piece of paper and ask them to draw something they remember from the story. Remind them that this should not be a picture of their cat or their friends, but only pictures of things from the book. After each child has illustrated the story, have them retell the story in their own words. Either record each child with a voice recorder or write their dictation on the page.
[Math, Fine Motor, Social Skills]
Children cut out pictures from magazines, and glue them on paper divided into two sections: “children” and “parents”. They decide which category to glue the people cut-outs. An alternate activity would be to classify the pictures as “boys” and “girls”. I have done both.
People Object Graph
[Math, Social Skills]
We use the floor graph and people figures from the block center. We graph how many boys and girls are in the class, each child placing a people figure on the graph to represent themselves. We count and compare most/least/same. We make other graphs: Do you have sisters? Do you have brothers?
The Bear Family printable can be used as a sorting mat for the plastic bear counters that come in three sizes.
Baby Toys Grid Game
Children roll the die, identify the numeral, and count out that amount of mini baby toys to put on the grid. The object of the game is to fill the grid. Children can play alone or with other players. This grid game uses mini plastic baby toys found in any craft or hobby store. These are found with baby shower party favors. You can also make your own Baby Grid Game using baby photos of the students. (The photo to the left shows an older grid game I made using stickers of baby things.)
Gift for Family
Children decorate a cookie or cupcake to give to a family member. Give each child a cup of white icing and allow them to stir in their choice of food coloring. Have a variety of toppings for the children to choose from: gummy bears, sprinkles, M&M’s, dried fruit, etc. (They can make one for themselves and one for a family member.)
In a large group, ask children to guess how many cups of water a baby diaper will absorb. Try the experiment by pouring cups of water into the diaper while writing a tally mark for each cup on a chart. Continue pouring cups of water until it will not absorb any more. At small group, children can do an individual absorption experiment. Give each child an ice cube tray, a cup of water, and a medicine dropper. Have them drop a few drops of water into each section of the ice cube tray. Provide them with a variety of materials for the experiment, some that will absorb and some that will not. The children will place one item in each section of the ice cube tray to see which ones absorb water and which do not. Examples of materials to use: small piece of wood, facial tissue, tissue paper, writing paper, paper towel, Unifix cube, cotton ball, rock, etc.
Children bring family photos to school to share with the class. I add these photos to the children’s portfolio notebooks.
After reading the book, Jonathan and His Mommy, go through the book once more, and have the children walk in the same ways that Jonathan does.
Baby Care Prop Box
[Social Skills, Creative Play]
Include: Dolls, Doll clothes, Velcro diapers, Bottles, Baby blankets, High chair, Doll crib, Empty baby food jars, Baby spoons, Rattles, Small stuffed toys, Empty powder & wet wipe containers, Bibs
Baby Bath Prop Box
[Social Skills, Creative Play]
Include: Plastic dolls, Hand towels, Sponges, Dish pans or water table, Water smocks, Water, Liquid soap, Diapers
Add people figures that represent different races and ages to the block center.
Directions for using these printables are given in the Activities area above.