Me! Me! Me!

Me! Me! Me!

We had a few “This is me!” pictures drawn independently last week, which prompted discussions about our faces. With this in mind, I set up a few activities linked with faces and families. We still had all the usual ‘interest’ things such as superhero & popular character little books/papers & the children asked if we could keep the princesses & pirates.

Here are some of the opportunities the children explored…

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Faces on the Lightbox

Really simple – glass nuggets & beaded garlands. I also provided face shapes on acetate. The children loved creating faces!!

Lightbox faces... from Rachel (",)

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Letter Hunt on the Finger Gym

Rice, magnetic lowercase letters, wooden capital letters, magnets & tweezers. The children were asked to look for letters from their name & did this with with the magnets or tweezers. Some don’t recognise any of the letters yet, but they enjoyed the magnetic play & the tweezers are good for their fine-motor development…

Hunting for letters from their names - from Rachel (",)

Of course there was also general rice play too!

Rice play from Rachel (",)

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Transient Art Faces

A variety of loose parts & the fab book ‘Faces’ by Zoe Miller & David Goodman…

Transient art faces invitation - from Rachel (",)

Transient art faces - from Rachel (",)

There were a couple of children who created a face & then poured all the loose parts over the top of it…

Resource pile-up... from Rachel (",)

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Faces with the Dough

We used play dough mats from Picklebums for this (you can download them here). Nuggets, googly eyes, buttons & pipe-cleaners were also provided…

Play dough portraits with mats from Picklebums - from Rachel (",)

Play dough portraits with mats from Picklebums - from Rachel (",)

"Look at her crazy hair! She needs a bobble!"

“Look at her crazy hair! She needs a bobble!”

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Anyone for tea?

… or coffee! Loose tea & instant coffee with a miniature pottery tea-set & tiny spoons. I have been wanting to use the spoons in some way for some time now – my bestest Twitterpals @Blamehound, @mac_phillips & @clairewiththere & I found them on recent day out together in the summer holidays. They were perfect for this sensory, fine-motor role-play activity & it was very popular. Lots of pretending to be mummy or daddy & very interesting concoctions made!

I originally set it out like this…

Coffee, loose tea, a miniature tea set and some tiny spoons... from Rachel (",)

Coffee, loose tea, a miniature tea set and some tiny spoons... from Rachel (",)

… but soon had to transfer it to a tray as it went everywhere & was a bit slippy on the floor..

Coffee, loose tea, a miniature tea set and some tiny spoons... from Rachel (",)

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Self-Portraits

I love children’s drawings of themselves…

Self portraits - from Rachel (",)

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‘Friends’ Sort

Sorting, counting, matching & pattern making with the sorting people…

Sorting, counting, matching & pattern making with people - from Rachel (",)

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Building for Family & Friends

Small terracotta bricks (they are called ‘Teifoc’ bricks & are fab!) & small wooden blocks with people. The children enjoyed building houses & roads for the people…

Building for families and friends... from Rachel (",)

Of course, some are still at the stage of just piling everything onto the table!

Building for families and friends... or maybe not! - from Rachel (",)

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Princess & Pirates Continued…

As mentioned before, the children still wanted these resources out. I tweaked it a little by adding the base from a fairy set-up, but it has all the same resources apart from that.

Pirates and princesses from Rachel (",)

I had some fab comments on my Facebook page as to what this little line-up might be up to…

Princesses & pirates on a journey - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading! 

Monster face top shared by Rachel (",)

– Rachel (“,)

10 Comments

  1. Ah! You’ve used your spoons! I haven’t had mine out yet but as I have a mini tea-set maybe I will be brave and add them to my provision this week 😉 it all looks amazing again here! Thanks for sharing x

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    • They loved them Hannah, you neeeed to get them out! I must admit that I did check that all 4 were there every hour or so! 😉 x

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  2. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog (via pinterest) and I absolutely love it! I really like the way you present the materials to the children – a true “invitation to play”. The materials are organised beautifully and I love seeing what the children create! Lots of lovely ideas here for me to try in my classroom 🙂

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    • Thank you for the lovely comment, Lauren! (“,)

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  3. Your children have made some lovely faces. My copy of ‘faces’ arrived this week after seeing @clairewiththere had used it. Can’t wait now! It’s funny as a lot of my children have been interested in each others faces as they have started during the gradual admission. They check each other out initially before forming friendships- so funny!! Thanks again for sharing. I need to invest in bigger googly eyes as my little ones disappeared in our play dough this week and many went down the plug hole!

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    • Yes, big googly eyes are definitely the way to go! Isn’t the Faces book fab?! Claire & I laughed about it as we keep doing the same things without realising 😀

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  4. Thank you some great ideas once again, thought I would share I have just added the game guess who (lift the flap game) to the all about me activity. Using the children’s photo’s. They were so excited to see themselves in the game.

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    • Fab! I had that game as a child & have wanted to do exactly the same thing with it – but my mum was a teacher too & took it into her school. I’ll have to invest in a new one 😉

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  5. Hello Rachel
    Sorry my English is not so good. I hope you understand me.
    I like your posts and I take some ideas for my kindergarden.
    I have a question. You make often plays with play dough. There are very interesting things. I need a good rezept for play dough. Can I take a Rezept from you. Can you tell me your Rezept.
    Thank you very much

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