Parents and teachers face the issue of making kids interested in learning things. The kids lose interest after a few minutes as they get bored easily. To overcome this, it’s best to involve them in crafts and activities which teach them new things. This way they learn new things faster and remember them for a long time. Making crafts and doing activities also develop the cognitive function and motor skills of the kids.
All About Me Activities and Crafts for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Kids
All kids including pre-schoolers and toddlers are always eager to do some activity rather than sit and learn. They especially enjoy the activities or crafts which are based on them, as they relate to it more. Any all about me game or activity is interesting for them, as these activities include things about them, their interests, family, friends and their likes. The all about me art for toddlers help to learn more about themselves and their emotions.
Do the following all about me art, crafts, and activities with the kids to make them learn more about themselves.
1. Paper Plate Me Face
- White Paper plates
- Buttons (let the kid choose color matching their eyes and hair)
- Give the child a paper plate
- Ask them to draw their face in the center of the plate with a pencil
- The kid can color the face or leave it white
- Now ask them to stick buttons (same as their eye color) as eyes
- The kid can use the marker to make the nose and mouth
- Stick buttons(same as their hair color) around the face to make the hair
- Cardboard people cut-out (if not available, then the parent or teacher can make the people shape and cut them)
- Markers or crayons
- Fabric scraps or color papers
- Give the kid a people cutout to decorate.
- The kid can paste the fabric scraps/colored paper and yarn to make their clothes.
- The yarn can be used to make the hair as well.
- Ask the kid to make eyes, nose, and mouth with markers or crayons.
3. Me Cut-Out
- Big cardboard
- Full white sheet
- Different colored papers
- Different colored yarns
- Ask the kid to lie down on the white sheet.
- Trace the outline of the kid’s body with the help of the marker (Adults need to help the kid in this).
- Cut the shape and paste it on the cardboard.
- Cut out the shape on the cardboard.
- The kid can now draw himself/herself on the shape with the help of markers and crayons.
- For the clothes, the kid, can tear colored paper and stick them on the cardboard cut-out.
- For hairs ask the kid to use yarn.
- Decorate with buttons.
4. I Like Collage
- A picture of the kid
- A white sheet
- The kid can glue their picture in the center of the white sheet.
- Ask the kid to see the magazines and cut out pictures of things they like such as chocolates, dogs, cats, flowers, etc.
- Then they need to paste these pictures around their picture on the white sheet.
- Decorate or color the sheet with markers and crayons.
- If the kid can write then they can label the pictures with the help of markers.
5. My Family Picture
- A chart paper
- Paint colors
- Ask the kid to draw their family on the chart a paper with a pencil (the adult can help if the kid is not able to draw).
- The kid can color the shapes with paint colors and crayons.
- The kid can make the eyes, nose and mouth with markers.
- Ask to name the family members with a marker and complete the picture.
6. My Body Parts String
- Chart paper
- Body part pictures (magazines or print out)
- Ask the child to cut the body part pictures from magazines or from print outs.
- Cut the chart paper in square pieces. Size according to body part pictures.
- Ask the kid to paste the one body part picture on one piece of chart paper.
- Let the kid label the body part with a marker on the chat paper piece.
- Take the string and ask the child to stick the body parts chart paper pieces on it according to the order they come (from head to toe).
- The kid can hang the string in his room.
7. Things in My Home
- A white sheet or cardboard
- Ask the kid to see the magazines and cut out pictures of things/objects in their home.
- Then the kid can glue the pictures on the paper sheet or cardboard.
- The bigger kids can segregate the objects according to different rooms of their house.
- Then the kid can name the objects/things with a marker.
8. My Hand Book
- Construction paper
- Paper scissors
- Picture of the child
- Decoration material
- Fold the construction paper (not whole but cut an A4 size).
- Ask the child to keep his/her hand on the front side and trace it with a pencil. Make sure the bottom of the hand is on the folded part to make it look like a handbook.
- Cut the outline of the hand on both folds.
- Ask the child to write his/her name on the front part with a marker and decorate the front hand with crayons and other decoration material.
- On the inside part ask the child to write his birthday, age, weight, height, family member names, etc.
- My Hand Book is ready!
9. My Family Tree
- Chart paper
- Family members’ pictures
- Child’s picture
- Paper scissors
- Decorative paper tape
- Ask the child to collect all family members’ pictures from both maternal and paternal Grandparents family. The pictures should be of at least three generations including the child’s generation.
- Ask the child to paste the decorative paper tape on the edges of the chart paper to make the border.
- Divide the chart paper into two halves by drawing a line in the center with the help of scale and pencil.
- Label one side as Mother’s family and another side as the father’s family.
- Help the child to stick the family members’ pictures of both sides on the respective sides.
- Ensure the child sticks the pictures from grandparents to the current generation.
- Ask the child to label the pictures as per his/her relation with the family member with the name of the person. Like Grandfather – Mr Joseph Bishop.
- The child’s family tree is complete. Display it in the child’s room.
10. All About Me Scrapbook
- Thick construction paper sheets (A4 size preferably)
- Thin cardboard sheet
- Colorful ribbons
- Decorative tape
- Paper Scissors
- Decorative material (optional)
- Hole puncher
- Take the construction paper sheets to make the inside pages of All About Me Scrap Book.
- Cut the thin cardboard in two sheets of the same size as the construction paper sheet.
- Ask the child to label each sheet with a different heading like Myself, My family, My pets, My friends, My Favorite Things, etc.
- The child can have as many pages as they want different things about them.
- Ask the child to paste the decorative tape on the edges of the scrapbook sheets to decorate them.
- On each sheet, the child can paste pictures related to the heading on the sheet or write about it. Example- on the sheet mentioned Me, he/she can write their name, age, birthday, weight, etc. On the sheet My friends, the child can mention his/her friend’s name or paste their pictures with names.
- The kid can decorate the pages with decorative items or draw different things on the pages with crayons or colors.
- Take one cardboard sheet to make the back cover of the scrapbook.
- Take the other one to make the front cover.
- On the front one, the child can write -All About “Name of the child” with a marker and decorate the front cover.
- Then help the child to punch holes on the scrapbook covers and sheets at the same place to make the scrapbook.
- Tie the covers and pages with the help of ribbons to complete the scrapbook.
11. My Rock Face
- Rock or stone
- White acrylic paint
- Face part printable or picture of the child
- Mod Podge
- Sponge paintbrush
- Paint pens (optional)
- Acrylic colors
- Ask the child to take a rock or stone of medium size. Try to choose a rock/ stone with a smooth surface to help make the face.
- Ask the child to paint the rock with white acrylic color. This can be avoided if the rock/stone is of white color or the child likes the color of the rock.
- Take the face print out or any face picture and ask the child to tear it by hand with uneven edges. The child can also just some part of the picture like eyes or just mouth.
- Make sure to print the picture or choose a picture of a similar size as of the rock.
- With the help of Mod podge help the child to stick the picture on the rock.
- Let it dry.
- The kid can use acrylic colors or paint pens to cover the remaining area of the rock with cute designs or leave it as it is.
- Apply mod podge on top of the picture and other drawn designs too keep the picture in place and protect it from the water on use. The mod podge works as varnish as well as glue.
- Let the rock dry.
- The My Rock face is ready to be shown off.
All About Me crafts and activities are a great way to teach kids about themselves. These activities help them to know about new things related to them, their body and their family. The young kids learn new things and know how to share about themselves to others through these activities. The crafts and activities help the kid to follow instructions and develop their understanding.