Activity Plan 4-5: All About Me!
An opportunity to create a book about me helps children uncover deeper understandings of themselves and others.
- Grades: PreK–K
- drawing paper
- pencils, markers, and crayons (include skin-tone markers and crayons)
- child safety scissors
- glue sticks
- old magazines
Objective: Children will create individual books about themselves to encourage literacy, creative thinking, and social awareness.
- Invite children to each make a book titled "All About Me". Explain that they can use both drawings and pictures from magazines. Each day they will create a different page. Children can use some of the following topics:
This is me.
This is my family and me.
This is my favorite pet.
This is my favorite outfit.
This is my favorite outdoor activity
This is my favorite food.
This is my favorite thing to do at school.
This is what I want to be when I grow up.
This is my favorite book.
- Provide children with the suggested art materials. Some children may prefer to use pictures from old magazines instead of drawings.
- Before binding the book, send a sheet of drawing paper home with children to create drawings with their family members to add to their books.
- Ask all the children to make a cover page for their books. Assist them in writing the title "All About Me" and their names on the cover. Provide drawing or collage materials to decorate their covers.
- Plan a time to invite family members to listen to children's stories. Place the books in the library area for children to read alone or with a friend.
Curriculum Connection: MATH
Tell children that they will create a chart to calculate their favorite things. Ask them to think of four categories for the chart, such as favorite cereals, songs, or books. Write the categories at the top of a sheet of paper. Divide each category into columns. Record their responses for each category and review them. Then, ask children to calculate the most popular item for each category.
This activity originally appeared in the November, 2001 issue of Early Childhood Today.