Getting to Know Me

Getting to Know Me

I wasn’t going to post our ‘getting to know each other’ activities as I’ve repeated so many of the things I’ve posted before, but I feel like I haven’t blogged for agesย so I’ve decided to anyway. Sorry for the repetition – they are new to the children, but not to me!

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Funny Faces

We haven’t actually done this before, so this one is a new share! Not my idea, it’s inspired by many, many posts I’ve seen on Instagram. A very simple idea, just laminated facial features that the children used to create faces. They thought this was hilarious…

Invitation to create funny faces - from Rachel (",)

Funny faces - from Rachel (",)

Adding the features to our own faces was fun too!

Funny faces - from Rachel (",)

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Emoticon Play Dough

Great for talking about feelings too!

Emotion dough from Rachel (",)

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Transient Art Faces

I’ve done this every year for years and years now. There are always new designs though and they make me smile every time!

Invitation to create transient art faces - from Rachel (",)

Transient art faces - from Rachel (",)

Transient art faces - from Rachel (",)

We also moved them to a new location and had the same resources with empty frames…

Transient art faces in empty frames - from Rachel (",)

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People Counters

Learning Resources very kindly sent me these ‘All About Me Family Counters‘. They arrived this week, so we have only tried them on the overhead projector so far, but the children have really enjoyed playing with them…

People counters on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Building Homes

Early days with the mini bricks and blocks! I look forward to watching them ‘grow’ as they become more familiar with the resources…

Building for little people - from Rachel (",)

We moved them to a table after there was a bit of a ‘crowd’ all trying to build at once…

Building for little people - from Rachel (",)

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Patterns and Counting with Peopleย 

Patterns and counting with people - from Rachel (",)

Peg people play - from Rachel (",)

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Faces on the Light Panel

Another activity I’ve done many times before. Still, new to the children!

Faces on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Skin Coloured Paint

I’m not a fan of children all producing the same artwork as I feel process is far more important than product, but this wasn’t actually about the product. This was about having the opportunity to talk about skin colour and how we are all different and they actually really enjoyed producing a handprint (a few had never done it before!)…

Handprints using skin coloured paint - from Rachel (",)

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Shapes on the OHP

They are just getting to know the overhead projector, as they haven’t experienced one before. We had the laminated cellophane shapes on there. When the adults played with them, they created pictures, but without the adults, they just enjoyed exploring the colours…

Cellophane shapes on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Cheeky Monkey

I just had to share this fabulous building that one of the boys did with our small (real) bricks from Newby Leisure – he made a cheeky monkey! ๐Ÿ™‚

Newby bricks made into a 'cheeky monkey' - from Rachel (",)

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Would love you to come & say hello! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Self portrait - from Rachel (",)

– Rachel (“,)

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18 Comments

  1. I’ve missed your posts!! Great to see you back again

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    • Ah, thanks Ben!
      I know September is always hard, but school seems to be particularly hectic this year. I must be getting old ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I love the light panel faces have you drawn them straight on , we are L P newbies and a bit nervous dont want to ruin it !

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    • No, don’t do that!!
      I just drew them on sheets of acetate – acetate is very handy on the light panel! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Fabulous inspiration!
    Especially love the emoji dough faces
    Thanks for sharing…

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    • Thanks, Gill! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Great ideas, I’ve just ordered a light panel and acetate. Do you introduce the activities by modelling what to do or just set them up and leave it?

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    • Ooh, fab!
      Sometimes I model possible ways of using the resources, sometimes I leave them out to see what they will do with them. It depends on my intention.
      If I’d like them to create transient art, for example, I usually model some suggestions, but sometimes I have just put out resources to explore. In this case I stand back and observe. Watching what they do with the resources might inspire me to set out a new invitation ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thanks for the reply. I’m wondering if I can get your opinion on something? In the setting where I work we have a large unit, which an education inspector had commented was too large. On reflection I agreed with her so moved it out, however another member of staff has now moved it back in and implemented a system with no entry signs on some of the boxes. This is to limit the resources in the unit that can be used each day. I really do not like the system. I want to encourage the children to self select resources and feel all the resources in the actual playroom should be available for them to use. She insists it helps to teach them to self limit, I am quite new to nursery settings (a little over a year) and I am wondering what your experienced opinion is?

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        • It would be my ideal for the children to access any resources, whenever they wanted. It’s not easy to implement when you share resources with other classes though.
          A lot of the resources I use actually belong to me and so they are not always available for the children to access (because they are stored at home). Because of space, many of the classroom resources are stored in a cupboard & the children need to ask to access them.
          Maybe the member of staff you are referring to wants to encourage purposeful play? My small world area has jars of resources for the children to access, but at the beginning of the year a lot of them to just empty them all out because they can. There’s no purpose/intention to the play (it takes adults playing in there with them for them to begin to add things to their play as they need them). Perhaps that is what the member of staff is hoping to support them with?
          I do think that the ideal is that they can access what they want, when they want – like they do at home. It just might not be practical for some settings…

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  5. Where did you find the facial features, magazines?

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    • I just did an image search on Google ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thank you. A big DUH for me here! LOVE LOVE LOVE your site, btw!!!

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        • ๐Ÿ˜‰ – and, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Hi there, do you have a list of the books that you show in the first slide? They all look good but I can’t quite see the author’s name on some of them. Thanks for your posts they are inspiring!

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    • I’m ever so sorry, but I don’t and they’re in school so I can’t check for you. Wonder if you could zoom into the photo or maybe search on Amazon? Failing that, send another message during the week, with the books you can’t see the authors of, & I can look when I have time ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Brilliant ideas, making me wish there were more hours in the day!

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    • Thank you, Kathleen!
      I know the feeling – although Iโ€™d sometimes like less days in the week & longer weekends! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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