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Mr. Character and Little Miss Personality: A Celebration

By Allie Magnuson on October 29, 2010
  • Grades: PreK–K

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, how am I different from them all?

I've always believed that children should celebrate who they are. So this week I decided to throw my students a party to congratulate them on being themselves.

 

 

THE PARTY

Personality Party CakePersonality Party CakeAt the party, they all got lots of "gifts" — the gifts of their own talents and attributes, and of being able to benefit from each other's. We talked about how everyone has gifts that haven't even been opened yet; about how we get "surprise parties" all throughout our lives, where we open new gifts.

Mr. Men & Little Miss Books by Roger Hargreaves  

Mr. Men and Little Miss Class BookMr. Men and Little Miss Class BookThe Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves are great for times like these, when you discuss personalities with your class. As part of our celebration, I had my students draw self-portraits of what they think they are like, and we made a class book.

Miss Bindergarten - Little Miss Loyal  

This is a good introductory activity to get kids thinking about who they are and who they would like to be. It is not meant to be a serious discussion on character development, but instead a light-hearted activity that makes kids feel good about themselves, no matter what. In upcoming posts, I will talk about character education, and about how you can get parents involved.

Everybody has weaknesses as well as strengths, and tries the best they can. Let students pick any one of their many qualities, even a not-so-good one. Explain that since the quality they pick is just one of many, and can even be changed if they want, it does not define them or limit them. It's just part of what makes them special.

 

THE CHARACTERS


  Mr. Men and Little Miss by Roger Hargreaves

 

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Images copyright Penguin Books Australia.

Mr. and Little Miss Chatterbox talk more than a lot, and Mr. Noisy talks loudly. Mr. Quiet lives in Loudland, but likes the quiet life. Little Miss Bossy loves to tell everyone what to do while Little Miss Stubborn hates being told what to do. I'm sure you have some students like these in your room!

The children should use shape, color, and expression to match their pictures to their personality traits.

Mr.Chatterbox LittleMissBossy Mr.Quiet LittleMissStubborn
Mr. and Little Miss Chatterbox have open mouths; Little Miss Bossy has a big mouth; and Mr. Quiet has a small mouth. Mr. Noisy is blowing a horn. Little Miss Stubborn has her arms crossed.



Mr. Good is good, but he lives in Badland. Mr. Mischief, Little Miss Bad, Little Miss Naughty, and Little Miss Trouble are all bad and like to play tricks and practical jokes on people. Little Miss Scary loves to scare people more than anything else in the world. Mr. and Little Miss Greedy always want more than their fair share, while Mr. Nosey is always snooping around in other people's business.


Mr.Good LittleMissBad   Mr.Greedy Mr.Nosey
Mr. Good is white. Little Miss Bad has a big grin. Mr. Greedy is fat. Mr. Nosey has a long nose.


Mr. Happy is very happy; Little Miss Fun is happy as a lark; and Mr. Cheerful always wakes up in a cheerful mood. Little Miss Sunshine brings laughter and cheer to all, as does Mr. Funny, who loves to cheer everyone up with his jokes and humor. Mr. Tickle enjoys tickling everyone he meets. Little Miss Giggles can't stop giggling.

On the other hand, Mr. Grumble is always complaining; Mr. Grumpy has a shockingly bad temper; and Mr. Mean and Mr. Rude are unkind and insulting to everybody. Mr. Uppity and Little Miss Splendid think they are better than everyone else. Mr. Perfect believes he is . . . well, perfect.

Mr.Happy Mr.Cheerful Mr.Tickle Mr.Grumpy 

Mr. Happy is fat, round, and happy. He taught Mr. Miserable to turn his mouth up at the corners. People love Mr. Cheerful's bright, sunny smile, even though he only has three hairs on his head. The really long arms belong to Mr. Tickle. Mr. Grumpy is rectangular, blue, and frowns. Mr. Rude is red and has a big nose.


Little Miss Brainy knows an awful lot of things. Mr. Clever thinks he knows everything, and Little Miss Curious wants to know everything. Little Miss Wise is very sensible, but Mr. Nonsense, Mr. Silly, and Little Miss Dotty live in Nonsenseland. Mr. Dizzy is not very clever, either. Poor Mr. Muddle can never get anything right; Mr. Wrong does everything the wrong way; and Mr. Topsy Turvy does everything the wrong way around.  Little Miss Scatterbrain and Mr. Forgetful have terrible memories. And then there's Little Miss Contrary, always saying the opposite of what she means.

LittleMissCurious Mr.Wrong
Little Miss Curious has a hairdo in the shape of a question mark, and a mouth in the shape of an O. Mr. Wrong has mismatched gloves and shoes.

 

Mr. Cool is popular, and Little Miss Star wants to be. Mr. Impossible can do the most amazing things, and Little Miss Magic can do powerful magic. Mr. Nervous, Mr. Worry, and Mr. Jelly are nervous, worried, and afraid about everything, but Mr. Brave is courageous.

Mr.Jelly
Mr. Jelly is a blob.

 

Little Miss Quick and Mr. Rush are always in a hurry, and Mr. and Little Miss Busy always have so much to do. Little Miss Late is never on time. Mr. Slow is slow at everything; Little Miss Fickle can never make up her mind; and Mr. Lazy is the laziest person in the world. Little Miss Helpful tries to help everyone (but ends up making things worse).

Mr.Rush Mr.Lazy
Mr. Rush is shaped like a sideways triangle moving in a forward motion. Mr. Lazy is fat and sedentary.

 

Little Miss Neat and Little Miss Tidy keep things neat and clean and in their correct places. Mr. Fussy spends all his time fussing over everything. But Mr. Messy is always making a mess.

LittleMissTidy Mr.Fussy Mr.Messy

Little Miss Tidy carries a bag. Mr. Fussy has straight, combed hair. Mr. Messy is made of scribbles.

 

Mr. Strong is the strongest person in the world; Little Miss Somersault is very agile; and Mr. Bounce bounces like a rubber ball. Mr. Tall has long legs. Mr. Small is smaller than a pin, and Little Miss Tiny is even tinier than Mr. Small. Mr. Skinny is very thin. Little Miss Plump is not. Mr. Clumsy always breaks things or knocks things over; Mr. Bump is always bumping into things; and his sister, Little Miss Whoops, cannot help having little accidents. Little Miss Lucky is anything but lucky.

Mr.Strong Mr.Tall Mr.Bump LittleMissWhoops

Mr. Strong is big and square. Mr. Tall stretches all the way to the top of the book. Mr. Bump and Little Miss Whoops are oval, blue, and wrapped in bandages.

 

SELF-PORTRAITS

The kids may surprise you with how accurate they are.

LittleMissSunny  MistersStrong  LittleMissNice 

Mr.Happy02 LittleMissSomersault Mr.Fun

Mr.Tall02 Mr.Tall03

I'm going to do this activity again in the spring, to see how my students have grown and changed!

To learn more, go to the Mr. Men and Little Miss official classic Web site or the official Web site of the Mr. Men Show.

 

Have a characteristic weekend!

~Allie

 

Comments (2)

Katherine - I agree with you. Teachers should explain that Mr. Good is white because he is "pure," not because that is his skin color. (But I'm not sure if that would be an issue, because he does not look like a real person.) And Mr. Wrong is "wrong" because he does everything the opposite way, not because it is wrong to do so.

Again, this was a celebration to make the kids feel good about themselves BECAUSE they are different, not to feel boxed in or typecast. That was actually the whole point of the exercise. I also said, "Explain that since the quality they pick is just one of many, and can even be changed if they want, it does not define them or limit them." But I can see how that might come across wrong. My students understood that it was a celebration of who they are, not a moral lesson that they shouldn't be that way. But just to be sure, it should be emphasized to the class that personalities are on the inside, not on the outside.

Thank you for reading and commenting about your concerns. Your opinion is important. It is evident that you care how children feel about themselves and how they are treated.

~Allie

Allie,

Overall I think this is a great activity and I'm glad it had such a positive effect on your students. I also really like your message about each of us opening new gifts throughout our lives. Looking at the pictures of the characters, however, I couldn't help feeling that some of them desperately need to be changed to avoid sending negative messages to children. Primary, I have issues with Mr. Good and Mr. Wrong. As a country we need to stop reinforcing the idea that white = good. As a Psychology major in college I was shocked by the results of race studies where children were presented with two dolls, one black and one white, and asked which one would make a better friend. Hearing children of all races go on about how much better and nicer the white doll would be as a friend broke my heart. These biases come from many places, including seemingly innocent children's books, and we need to be aware of the subtle messages we send to our students. My feelings about Mr. Wrong are similar. My friends in high school listened to punk music, had colorful mohawks, and, yes, wore clothes that didn't match. None of these things made them "wrong" as people. Instead, they were kind, caring people who didn't judge people based on appearances. I hope you continue to focus on appreciating different personalities, and also stress the fact that it takes time to really see people's personalities, and if you judge them based on the color of their skin or the fact that their pants and shirt clash, you ultimately cheat yourself out of friendships with amazing, inspiring people.

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