Activity Plan 4-5: My Favorite Things
Self-expression is satisfying with this favorite-things activity
- Grades: PreK–K
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- Large mural paper
- Markers, crayons, or tempera paint and brushes
- Magazines for cutting
- Child safety scissors
- Glue sticks
- Chart paper
- Non-breakable mirrors
- Language and literacy
Explain to children that they will each make a body portrait to depict their family and their favorite things, including favorite foods, toys, activities, books, animals, or people. Ask them to share some of their favorite things. Record their comments on a sheet of chart paper.
Plan time to create a body outline of each child on a piece of mural paper. Encourage them to think of how they would like to position their bodies for the outline. Be sure not to cut out the outline until children have finished their body portraits.
Provide children with time to work on their body portraits. Ask them to start by first making their faces using either paint or drawing materials. Place a few mirrors nearby so that they can observe their faces.
Next, give children the suggested art materials and invite them to fill their outlines with drawings and/or pictures of their favorite things. You may need to engage them in conversations to help them think of the things that they would like to include. When finished, assist them in cutting out the outline of their body.
Invite everyone to share his or her work. Find an area in the room to display their body portraits.
Remember: Some children are not comfortable with drawing or painting and may prefer to only use pictures cut out from magazines. Additionally, some children may want to spend more time on their portraits than others. Be flexible.
Graphing Favorite Colors. Make a survey sheet to send home so that children can check off family members' favorite colors. Invite children to decide which colors they want to include on the list and leave a space beside each color where they can check off that color. Suggest children ask each family member to choose a favorite color from the list and then place a mark next to that color. Invite children to compare their surveys and summarize their findings.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: WRITING
Help each child to write or dictate information describing the things depicted on his or her body portrait. Display their descriptions next to their body portraits.
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
The Brand New Kid by Katherine Couric
A Very Special Critter by Mercer Mayer