All About Me Preschool Activities Theme
The goal behind an All About Me Preschool Activities Theme is to help children learn about each other and each others' families!
So, this is really an All About Me and My Family Theme Page!
The theme helps children to realize that every person is unique and special.
They also learn that every child's thoughts and ideas are important and no one person is more or less important than another!
This All About Me Preschool Activities Theme page is filled with some preschool activities and ideas for your classroom.
These activities will help them get to know the special and unique things about themselves and each other.
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your All About Me Preschool Activities Theme.
You can also click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Art for All About Me Preschool Activities Theme
Materials Needed: Precut people shapes (like paper dolls) on heavy tagboard or cardboard; hand mirrors; markers; crayons, variety of yarn (for hair); scissors; glue
The children use the mirrors to draw themselves onto the cut-out. This is best done is small groups (4 or under) so that you have time to talk with the small group about their eye color, hair color, etc.
VARIATION: One year, a co-teacher had each of the children lay down on large butcher paper and traced each one of them! They decorated "themselves" over several days!
This was a great All About Me Preschool Activities Theme project that was saved for the annual art show! You can hang them throughout your room and have parents try to find their child!
Materials Needed: A small picture of each child, magazines, scissors, glue, crayons, construction paper
The children glue their picture on the construction paper. They cut out items from magazines of things that they like such as: dogs, cats, flowers, family pictures, etc.
Me and My Family
Materials Needed: shaving cream and a table!
Encourage the children to smooth the shaving cream onto the table. They can draw a circle and add eyes, nose, mouth hair, etc. They can add their family members, pets, etc.
An all about me preschool activities potential bulletin board project!
Materials Needed: Sponges in the shapes of people or people shaped cookie cutters, shallow trays of paint and paper.
Encourage the children to sponge or print on the number of people in their family and then print below each one the name of the family member.
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Block Center Ideas for All About Me Preschool Activities Theme
Encourage the children to build their house out of the blocks you have available during this theme. The colored foam blocks work great for this!
Because and All About Me preschool activities theme is typically done in the beginning of the school year, don't feel the block building needs to have a focus. The children are learning about the items in their preschool environment and about their own abilities as well.
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Circle Time All About Me Preschool Activities Theme Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Tell the children to listen to what you are saying and stand up if what you say is true about them!
Stand up if you have a brother.
Stand up if you have a pet.
Have the children standing name them (brother, pet, etc.)
Be sure to help children who aren't sure of the answers (Dee-Dee, you have a baby sister! Stand up! What is your baby sister's name?)
Show and Tell Day
Have a Show and Tell Day where children bring an item from home to help everyone get to know them better.
It might be a family picture, favorite toy, etc.
EXTENSION: After show and tell, most kids want to play with the items they brought in. You could set up a "display table" on show and tell day where the children place their items. The only rule is that it is a looking and talking table--they do not take the items off the table to play with yet. Then designate a time for Show and Tell Play....perhaps the last 10-15 minutes of the morning.
I Love My Family
Some families are big (spread arms wide)
Some families are small (bring arms closer together)
But I love my family (cross arms over chest)
Best of all!
Talk with the children about who is in their family? Who lives in their house? Remind the children that family is not ONLY who lives with them. It includes grandparents, a Mom or Dad who may live in a different house, etc.
EXTENSION: Make a family chart. List each child's name in a column to the left. Have precut small people available. Talk to the children about who is in their family and tape a cut out to represent each one next to their name.
Bring a large piece of chart paper and a marker to circle time. This activity will get children thinking about different feelings.
Talk about what feeling mad, good, sad, scared, angry, silly, etc. means.
Then have the children call out endings to these sentences that you will put on the chart paper:
I feel angry when ___________
I feel sad when _____________
continue with others.
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Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your
All About Me Preschool Activities Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Ingredients needed: Round crackers, shredded cheese, raisins, cheese spread (cream cheese type)
The children place some spread on a cracker. Use the raisins and shredded cheese to make a face on their cracker!
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All About Me Preschool Activity Theme Ideas
to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area!
This theme is perfect for your basic housekeeping center. It allows the children to be the grown-ups and to share and learn more about each other!
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All About Me Preschool Activities Theme Ideas for Your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
On the easel paper, pre-draw oval shapes. Encourage the children to paint details of their face of friends' faces and hair on the ovals!
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All About Me Preschool Activities Theme Large Group Games
to help build their muscles while they have fun together
Body Match Game
Play music and have the children work in pairs. Call out a body part that they need to match. If you say "Knees" the children need to make one or both of their knees touch the knees of their partner!
Who is Missing?
Introduce this game by starting in a group sitting down. Provide little plastic people. Let the children give the family role name to each one: "This is the Mom. This is the Grandma. etc."
Tell the children to close and cover their eyes. Take one away and have them open and uncover their eyes and ask "Who is missing?" Once you have played this with them a few times, tell them you are now going to play "Who is missing" together!
Have an area near you where one child can stand and not be seen by the other children (behind a table, etc.).
Have all the children stand up, turn around (with their backs to you) and close and cover their eyes.
Choose one child to hide behind the spot you have chosen and have the others guess who is missing!
This is a favorite activity of mine!
Thank you Sherica from Kingston, Jamaica for this activity!
Children can be in pairs. One child will lay on a large brown paper and have his partner trace around body. They take turns tracing each other one their own paper.
After body is traced then children can color, paint or collage body shape traced.
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All About Me Preschool Activities Theme Ideas for Your Library Area
Book Suggestions for the Library
Below is a list of books about children and about families! You may find them at your local library or you can click the title links to check out what is available at Amazon.All About Me Books
All by Myself (Little Critter) (Look-Look) by Mercer Mayer
Frederick by Leo Lionni
Happy Birthday, Sam by Pat Hutchins
Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
I Like Me! (Picture Puffins) by Nancy Carlson
Just Because I Am: A Child's Book of Affirmation by Lauren Murphy
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krauss
Now I Am Three by Jane Belk Moncure--these are older books, most libraries have the collections. This particular series by Moncure has one for each age Now I'm One! Now I'm Two! etc.
My Book About Me by Dr. Seuss
The Foot Book (The Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners) by Dr. Seuss
Herman the Helper by Robert Kraus
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
Now I'm Big by Margaret Miller
Books about Families
Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))by P. D. Eastman
The Berenstain Bears' New Baby by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Clifford's Family (Clifford 8x8) by Norman Bridwell
Guess How Much I Love You: Pop-Up by Sam McBratney
Just Me and My Mom (A Little Critter Book) by Mercer Mayer
My Mom and Dad Make Me Laugh by Nick Sharratt
RELATIVES CAME by Cynthia Rylant
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Picture Puffins) by Tomie De Paula
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All About Me Preschool Activities Theme Math & Manipulatives Ideas
to help your Preschoolers develop their math skills and those small muscles in their hands!
In My House
Materials: Precut small people shapes (make many!) and several larger houses. This can be used in many ways:
The children count out and name the number of people that live in their house and place them on a precut house.
You can program each house with numbers and the children then place that number of people on the house.
If you precut them in different colors, the children can sort all the people by sizes, colors or match them to the matching colored house.
Big and Little
The beginning of the year is a good time to introduce these concepts.
Provide an item in small and large sizes (balls, stuffed animals, cut out people shapes) and then provide 2 boxes one that says Big and one that says LITTLE or SMALL. The children learn to sort by size.
Puzzles-Big and Small
Make puzzles available that have families in them: both table puzzles and floor puzzles. If you don't have any, make one! Find pictures or print pictures from your computer of families. Make a collage of it and then laminate and cut it out into large puzzle shapes!
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All About Me Preschool Activities Theme Music and Movement
Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
How Do You Feel?
Have different tempos of music available. Play one song and ask the children what type of mood the music is in-happy, sad, excited, scared, etc. The children then act out that mood through movement. Change the songs often and repeat!
Although health and nutrition can be a theme on its own, it is great to remind the children about staying healthy during your All About Me Preschool Activities theme as well!
Play music and encourage the children to join you in some healthy exercise! "Let's jog five times. Let's jump four times." Etc.
Here is one of my favorite exercise CDs (The song "Fun To Get Fit" is fantastic!) that you can purchase at a good price at Amazon by clicking the picture below.
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All About Me Preschool Activities Theme Ideas for your Sensory Table!
Clean Up, Clean Up!
Add soapy water to your table along with your dramatic play dishes, pots and pans, etc.
Include sponges and towels!
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All About Me Preschool Activities Theme Science Ideas--
for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Another reminder! An All About Me preschool activities theme goal is to learn about the children and their families AND for the children to learn about their own abilities. Science gives them the opportunity to ask questions about their environment and about themselves.
All About Me Preschool Activities Height and Weight!
Materials Needed: a tape measure, a scale (for the children to stand on), paper and a pen
Weigh each child and measure their height. Record the results and use with the Me Book activity in the Writing Activities section below.
EXTENSION: Tape a large paper to a wall and record on the paper each child's name, height and weight. Leave it there all year. Re-measure near the end of the year! Our kids LOVE this!
Thank you Maribel from Fort Meyers, FL for this idea!
Materials needed: yarn, scissors, tape and marker or pen
Cut out a piece of yarn to measure each child's height.
Attach a piece of tape with their name on it and the measurment. Hang these on the wall.
Have the children compare their height and discuss short and tall.
Do this again at the end of the year and compare how much they have grown. I work with 3 year olds and they love it!
I'm a Color Scientist
Provide small plastic cups (clear) with water in them. Provide eye droppers and small cups of paint for the children to experiment with color identification and color mixing!
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Writing Activity Ideas for Your All About Me Preschool Activities Theme!
Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Have the child trace his/her hand and then help them cut out their hand (do not cut the folded side). When done, the hand print should open like a book.
Let the children write their own name on the front and decorate the front.
On the inside, write the date, the child's name, their height and weight (obtained from the science activity in the Science Activity Section above) as well as their birthdate!
In advance, pre-print each child's name on a piece of paper.
Provide sorters (shapes, macaroni, etc.) for them to cover the letters of their name with.
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Miscellaneous Ideas for Your All About Me Preschool Activities Theme!
At the beginning of the year, send a Family Collage request home. Let each family know that you are working on an All About Me preschool activities theme and that this is the family portion of that theme!
Ask each family to work with the child to make a Family Collage. The Collage can have photo's on it with family members' names written on it. It can be drawn by the child and family! This is a family event and the purpose is to help the children learn more about each other and each other's families!
Give the families a deadline for when they are due!
As each child brings their collage or poster in, invite that child to point out each picture and name the family members to their friends at circle time!
Family Project Send home a piece of paper that says:
"(childs name) is special to Mommy and Daddy because..." Have the parents fill it out and return to school to go in the All About Me book.
Thank you Jodif St.Thomas from Frontier, Saskatchewan, Canada for submitting this idea!
All About Me Book (Thank you Pat N. for this idea!)
One of the ways my students and I get to know each other is by making an "All About Me" book. The children and their parents pick the packet up on
"meet the teacher" night, a week before school starts. There are 11 pages such as This is me, This is my family, I like the color..., An animal I like is...,
In school I want to learn about..., I want to be a ______ when I grow up, I like to eat..., I am ____ years old, I am special because...
The family and kids decorate these pages any way they want and then send them back to school 2 weeks later. Meanwhile, the kids and I use watercolor
paints and bling to decorate their covers. I also paint one of their hands and make a handprint on the back cover. Our school name and year are written on
the inside cover. The covers are done on cardboard so they hold up and are laminated as well. The front cover has a first day picture of the child and the title
All About ___. I punch holes in the binding side and use zip ties to hold them together. These books are kept in the classroom all year and then go home
for the summer. These books are looked at more than the other books in our classroom. Just thought I'd share that idea.
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Go to the Families Theme Page
Go to MAIN THEMES Page
Go To Preschool Plan It's HOME Page
Many new teachers, or teachers new to Pre-K, ask how to begin the year.
How to survive the First Days of Pre-K!
The best advice I got as a new teacher was to forget about apples and themes and any “cutesy stuff” for the first few weeks of school, and focus on teaching them how to use the centers and the materials in the classroom. Lessons at the beginning of school should be basic: how to use glue, how to use scissors, how to use markers, how to use paint, how to line up, etc. Don’t assume that they know these things.
Before the First Day
As soon as I get my class list, I send out a small packet to the parents. The packet includes a letter to the parents introducing myself and my assistant with some brief information about our program and curriculum. It also includes a child info sheet. I ask the parents to bring these to school on orientation day, and remind them of the date and time. The packet also has a “First Day Fears” letter, explaining separation anxieties and some tips for a smooth transition to school. Here’s a link to a First Day Fears Letter from Ms. Bonthuis’ site.
At orientation, we have the children go in another room to watch a movie, while the teachers give a presentation to the parents. I try to keep it brief, so the children have time to come in and explore the classroom. I draw a map on the board for parents who don’t know our school’s arrival and dismissal procedures. I explain a little about the curriculum and briefly go over our handbook, then allow them time to ask questions. I have sign-up sheets on the tables for volunteer time and for parents to write how their child will get home (car, walk, daycare van, or extended day). I also pass out our daily folders and explain their purpose.
The daily folders are used all year, and are brought to school every day. They are used as a communication tool between home and school. Parents are asked to send any notes to me or the school or any money in the folder, and I send any notes from me or the school to them. The child’s work is also sent home in the folder. The folders we use are plastic with clear covers on the front and back and clear pockets on the inside. I slip a decorated paper in the front pocket with the child’s name, school name, and grade. It also says “Please return daily” as a reminder to the parents. The back pocket has a monthly class calendar. The inside pockets have “return to school” written on the left side, and “keep at home” written on the right side. I put a copy of our handbook and our curriculum in the folder for orientation day, and have the parents take them home and return them the first day of school. The folders are from Nicky’s Folders. I’ve been using these for years, and they are very durable.
First Day of School Arrival
The first day of school is always very busy at arrival time because parents remember something they need to tell me or ask me, and the children want to wander around the room pulling things out. On the tables, I set out crayons and paper with the words “I drew this on the first day of school” printed on the bottom. I save these for their portfolios. I also put Legos on the table to keep the kids busy. My assistant helps steer the wanderers back to the table to help keep the first day chaos down to a minimum.
It’s nice to have a wide variety of materials in the centers for the children to use, but this can be overwhelming at the first of the year. It’s better to have less to begin with, let them get used to the room and how things are set up, then bring more materials out a few at a time. I introduce most materials at small group time before I put them in the center. I don’t have closet space to put things away, so I actually do have lots of things on the shelves at the beginning of the year, it just isn’t all available. It’s also a good idea to keep everything in the same place all year because it is less confusing for the kids. You don’t want to rearrange things on your shelves too much because the kids will never understand how and where they should be put away.
I have my centers set up how I want them to be for the year, but I turn the shelves around facing the walls, and bag up or wrap up some of the items. I wrap or bag the materials at the end of each year. That way, they’re packed for the summer and ready for the beginning of the next school year (and dust free!) The first few weeks of school, I only have the blocks, housekeeping, art, and reading center available. I slowly add other centers.
I do a lesson for each center before the kids use it, and we go over each center’s rules every day for the first few weeks. The first day of school, I split the class in half. My assistant takes half to the housekeeping center and I take half to the block center (afterwards, we switch). We show them where everything goes, and we explain safety rules (such as not throwing blocks or throwing things from the loft). We take a few things down and put them away asking the children if they remember where they go. Then, each child is given one or more items from that center and the children take turns putting them away. There are times when we have to repeat this. If things get out of hand in a particular center (safety issues or clean up issues), I close that center for a day, and we review the rules before using it again.
Tips for each center:
- HOUSEKEEPING: I don’t add dress-up clothes until September (2nd month of school for us).
- BLOCKS: At the beginning, we only have the basic wooden blocks. I don’t add cars and trucks or animals until later.
- ART: My art center has a lot of materials. The first few weeks, the only materials available are paper, markers, crayons, glue, and scissors. I wrap the other materials in butcher paper and write the contents on the package. When I feel the kids are ready for something new, we open a “present” (the kids love to open a new present).
- WRITING: This is done basically the same way as art. The first week, only paper, markers, and pencils are available.
- MATH and ABC: I put the manipulatives in 2-gallon ziplock bags and sit the bags down in the tubs. That way the kids can’t get into them and spread them all over the room before we’ve had a chance to go over the center rules. (This particular shelf is large and cannot be turned around.)
- READING: I only have a few board books out in the beginning. More books are added later.
- SCIENCE: This shelf is turned around backwards until we are ready for it.
As mentioned, our first activities and lessons center on learning about the classroom, school procedures, and how to use basic materials. These lessons last as long as needed. There is no set end time for beginning school lessons. See the School Unit page for my beginning school activities and lessons. You can also read about our day in Pre-K and see our schedule.
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