The goal behind an All About Me Preschool Activities Theme is to help children learn about each other and each others' families! So, this is really an All About Me and My Family Theme Page! The theme helps children to realize that every person is unique and special; every child's thoughts and ideas are important and no one person is more or less important than another!
This All About Me Preschool Activities Theme page is filled with some preschool activities and ideas for your classroom to help them get to know the special and unique things about themselves and each other.
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your All About Me Preschool Activities Theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
I have turned many of the activities from this page into a ready to use resource pack! It includes a completed, weekly lesson plan form with detailed daily planning forms, games and more! Click here or the picture to the right for more information!
Materials Needed: Precut people shapes (like paper dolls) on heavy tagboard or cardboard; hand mirrors; markers; crayons, variety of yarn (for hair); scissors; glue
The children use the mirrors to draw themselves onto the cut-out. This is best done is small groups (4 or under) so that you have time to talk with the small group about their eye color, hair color, etc.
VARIATION: One year, a co-teacher had each of the children lay down on large butcher paper and traced each one of them! They decorated "themselves" over several days!
This was a great All About Me Preschool Activities Theme project that was saved for the annual art show! You can hang them throughout your room and have parents try to find their child!
Materials Needed: A small picture of each child, magazines, scissors, glue, crayons, construction paper
The children glue their picture on the construction paper. They cut out items from magazines of things that they like such as: dogs, cats, flowers, family pictures, etc.
Me and My Family
Materials Needed: shaving cream and a table!
Encourage the children to smooth the shaving cream onto the table. They can draw a circle and add eyes, nose, mouth hair, etc. They can add their family members, pets, etc.
Who Is It?
Materials Needed: A large box with a hand mirror in it. Tell the children there is someone special in the box. Pass it around the art table and let them shake and guess what is in it without looking. When they have each had a turn, take out the mirror, pass it around and have the children look at the special person-them!
Provide paper plates and miscellaneous arts and crafts supplies for them to make their own face!
An all about me preschool activities potential bulletin board project!
Materials Needed: Sponges in the shapes of people or people shaped cookie cutters, shallow trays of paint and paper.
Encourage the children to sponge or print on the number of people in their family and then print below each one the name of the family member.
Crayon Resist Thank you to Yuuki for this activity!
Materials needed: paper (8 1/2' X 11 or larger), crayons, food dye and paint brushes
Let the children do free drawing with crayons on paper. Allow the children to use food dye to paint over their drawing.
Encourage the children to build their house out of the blocks you have available during this theme. The colored foam blocks work great for this!
Because and All About Me preschool activities theme is typically done in the beginning of the school year, don't feel the block building needs to have a focus. The children are learning about the items in their preschool environment and about their own abilities as well.
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
The beginning of the year is a great time to begin the regular event of recognizing names! In advance, cut out shapes (or other themed shapes). Place a child's picture in the middle and print their first name under their picture. Laminate.
When it is circle time, have them find their sitting spot by finding where you have placed their name tags. Later in the year, make new ones WITHOUT pictures for name identification only.
These name tags can be used throughout the day. Because they are laminate, you can add them to the writing table with some tissues and low-odor dry erase markers. The children can then trace over their names again and again!
For a circle time activity, hold up one name tag and ask the children who it belongs to. Great way for them to begin remembering their friends' names! You can also spell out the names, identifying letters at circle time.
Another activity: Tell the children to stand up when they see their name tag. Hold up a nametag and wait for that child to stand. "That's right! This name tag belongs to Cheryl!" Hand the name tag to the child and they sit down with their name tag.
We usually have the name tags already on the sitting mats before circle time. Once the children come to circle, we sing a song as the "Name Tag collector" (yes, that is actually one of the classroom helper jobs in our room!) goes from child to child with a small basket to collet the name tags.
It is sung to If You're Happy and You Know It
Put your name tag in the basket right away (the children then echo RIGHT AWAY--remind them not to yell this part!)
Put your name tag in the basket right away (RIGHT AWAY)
Put your name tag in the basket, put your name tag in the basket.
Put your name tag in the basket right away (RIGHT AWAY)!
Tell the children to listen to what you are saying and stand up if what you say is true about them!
Stand up if you have a brother.
Stand up if you have a pet.
Have the children standing name them (brother, pet, etc.)
Be sure to help children who aren't sure of the answers (Dee-Dee, you have a baby sister! Stand up! What is your baby sister's name?)
Show and Tell Day
Children bring toys to school in their pockets, backpacks etc. REGARDLESS of your "No toys from home" policy! Many times parents have a hard time saying no to their children about bringing a small toy to school just to "show their friends".
The problem with this is that the toy can become lost, the child spends more time focused on showing each and every child their toy throughout the morning rather than participating in activities with their friends and, let's face it, picking and choosing "who gets to see their toy".
To avoid this, we designate one day each month as Show and Tell day. That is the only day a toy may be brought from home. The children leave it in their cubby until Show and Tell time. The purpose of Show and Tell is not for the children to one up each other about what they have, it is to give the children the opportunity to share something special about them with their friends. It is a time where they can practice speaking to a small group.
Send a letter home telling parents of your No Toys From Home policy and about your Show and Tell days.
At Show and Tell time, we have the children place their show and tell item behind their backs at circle. When it is their turn, they show their friends what they brought and tell about it. It might be a toy, a picture, etc. When done, they place the item behind their back again.
We all thank the child when they are done in a group "Thank you, ______".
EXTENSION: After show and tell, most kids want to play with the items they brought in. You could set up a "display table" on show and tell day where the children place their items. The only rule is that it is a looking and talking table--they do not take the items off the table to play with yet. Then designate a time for Show and Tell Play....perhaps the last 10-15 minutes of the morning.
By having this each month, we are better able to support our No Toys From Home policy by reminding the child who brings toys into school that "This would be a great show and tell item to bring in! Today is not show and tell day. Please give that toy (or item) to Mom to keep safe for you in their car."
Eye Color Chart
In advance, make a chart that has a pair of eyes drawn for each child in your classroom. Bring markers or crayons to circle as well as hand mirrors.
Ask the children if they know what color their eyes are. Encourage them to use the mirrors to find out and/or to ask the friend next to them to look at their eyes and tell them what color they are.
One by one, each child comes up and colors a pair of eyes to match thier eye color. They then print their name next to the pair they colored.
VARIATION: If your children can not print their names yet, either pre-print their names on the chart to help them identify their name in print or preprint their names on pieces of paper to help them identify their name and have them tape their name next to their pair of colored eyes.
I Love My Family
Some families are big (spread arms wide)
Some families are small (bring arms closer together)
But I love my family (cross arms over chest)
Best of all!
Talk with the children about who is in their family? Who lives in their house? Remind the children that family is not ONLY who lives with them. It includes grandparents, a Mom or Dad who may live in a different house, etc.
EXTENSION: Make a family chart. List each child's name in a column to the left. Have precut small people available. Talk to the children about who is in their family and tape a cut out to represent each one next to their name.
Bring a large piece of chart paper and a marker to circle time. This activity will get children thinking about different feelings.
Talk about what feeling mad, good, sad, scared, angry, silly, etc. means.
Then have the children call out endings to these sentences that you will put on the chart paper:
I feel angry when ___________
I feel sad when _____________
continue with others.
Getting To Know US!
Thank you Terri from Avon, OH for this activity!
In advance, send home a note to the parents asking them to fill in a form with 5 "clues" about their child (i.e. I have a dog named Midas, I have a blanket on my bed with Star Wars, I have 2 sisters, My favorite ice cream is chocolate, and I have a swing set in my backyard). I stress that the clues must be obvious to the child, but to put their name on the form just in case.
During the week, I read several forms each day during Circle Time and the kids guess if it is them. They have a ball with this and usually are able to pick themselves out.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
My Thumbprint Cookies
Ingredients: 1/2 cup margarine; 2 cups flour; 1 teaspoon salt; 1/3 cup water; fruit preserves or fresh fruit
Mix all ingredients together with the children (I usually divide the ingredients up so that each child can add at least one items or a portion of an item).
Form a stiff dough.
Separate the dough into small amounts, one for each child.
They roll it into a ball (of course, after manipulating and checking it out for a while!) and then use their thumb to make an indent on the top.
Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 8-10 minutes. (NOTE: I also make a paper chart of which cookie belongs to which child!).
Each child adds a 1/2 teaspoon of fruit preserves or some fresh fruit in the thumb indent.
Ingredients needed: Round crackers, shredded cheese, raisins, cheese spread (cream cheese type)
The children place some spread on a cracker. Use the raisins and shredded cheese to make a face on their cracker!
This theme is perfect for your basic housekeeping center. It allows the children to be the grown-ups and to share and learn more about each other!
On the easel paper, pre-draw oval shapes. Encourage the children to paint details of their face of friends' faces and hair on the ovals!
to help build their muscles while they have fun together
Body Match Game
Play music and have the children work in pairs. Call out a body part that they need to match. If you say "Knees" the children need to make one or both of their knees touch the knees of their partner!
My Name Ball Game
Say your name and then roll or toss a beach ball or other large ball to a child. That child then says their name and rolls or throws it to another child who has not yet had a turn.
As they become more familiar with each other's names, have them call out the name of another child and toss the ball to that child. Now you're working on name recognition AND eye-hand coordination!
Who is Missing?
Introduce this game by starting in a group sitting down. Provide little plastic people. Let the children give the family role name to each one: "This is the Mom. This is the Grandma. etc."
Tell the children to close and cover their eyes. Take one away and have them open and uncover their eyes and ask "Who is missing?" Once you have played this with them a few times, tell them you are now going to play "Who is missing" together!
Have an area near you where one child can stand and not be seen by the other children (behind a table, etc.).
Have all the children stand up, turn around (with their backs to you) and close and cover their eyes.
Choose one child to hide behind the spot you have chosen and have the others guess who is missing!
This is a favorite activity of mine!
Getting Dressed Relay
Place clothing on one side of the room (shoes, large pants, shirts, etc.).
The children run to that side of the room and put on ONE article of clothing that you name and run back to the starting spot.
Thank you Sherica from Kingston, Jamaica for this activity!
Children can be in pairs. One child will lay on a large brown paper and have his partner trace around body. They take turns tracing each other one their own paper.
After body is traced then children can color, paint or collage body shape traced.
Book Suggestions for the Library
Below is a list of books about children and about families! You may find them at your local library or you can click the title links to check out what is available at Amazon.All About Me Books
to help your Preschoolers develop their math skills and those small muscles in their hands!
In My House
Materials: Precut small people shapes (make many!) and several larger houses. This can be used in many ways:
The children count out and name the number of people that live in their house and place them on a precut house.
You can program each house with numbers and the children then place that number of people on the house.
If you precut them in different colors, the children can sort all the people by sizes, colors or match them to the matching colored house.
I Can Make Shapes
I LOVE Geo boards and especially love to introduce them at the beginning of the year.
They are geometric boards. They are square, plastic (ours are yellow) with plastic pegs. They come with rubber bands. The children get very creative!
Big and Little
The beginning of the year is a good time to introduce these concepts.
Provide an item in small and large sizes (balls, stuffed animals, cut out people shapes) and then provide 2 boxes one that says Big and one that says LITTLE or SMALL. The children learn to sort by size.
Encourage the children to use the blocks to measure with! How many blocks tall are they? Their friends? The table?
Puzzles-Big and Small
Make puzzles available that have families in them: both table puzzles and floor puzzles. If you don't have any, make one! Find pictures or print pictures from your computer of families. Make a collage of it and then laminate and cut it out into large puzzle shapes!
Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
How Do You Feel?
Have different tempos of music available. Play one song and ask the children what type of mood the music is in-happy, sad, excited, scared, etc. The children then act out that mood through movement. Change the songs often and repeat!
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes--knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes--knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes--knees and toes.
I think there is an additional verse.....does anyone know it???
Thanks for sending in the next verse, Katya from Aurora, CO!
Hair and elbows, tummy and hips,
Tummy and hips.
Hair and elbows, tummy and hips,
Tummy and hips.
Chin and cheeks and teeth and lips
Hair and elbows, tummy and hips,
Tummy and hips.
Although health and nutrition can be a theme on its own, it is great to remind the children about staying healthy during your All About Me Preschool Activities theme as well!
Play music and encourage the children to join you in some healthy exercise! "Let's jog five times. Let's jump four times." Etc.
Here is one of my favorite exercise CDs (The song "Fun To Get Fit" is fantastic!) that you can purchase at a good price at Amazon by clicking the picture below.
Add soapy water to your table along with baby dolls, wash cloths and towels!
VARIATION: Add dishes, cups, etc to your table with sponges and towels!
for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Another reminder! An All About Me preschool activities theme goal is to learn about the children and their families AND for the children to learn about their own abilities. Science gives them the opportunity to ask questions about their environment and about themselves.
All About Me Preschool Activities Height and Weight!
Materials Needed: a tape measure, a scale (for the children to stand on), paper and a pen
Weigh each child and measure their height. Record the results and use with the Me Book activity in the Writing Activities section below.
EXTENSION: Tape a large paper to a wall and record on the paper each child's name, height and weight. Leave it there all year. Re-measure near the end of the year! Our kids LOVE this!
Thank you Maribel from Fort Meyers, FL for this idea!
Materials needed: yarn, scissors, tape and marker or pen
Cut out a piece of yarn to measure each child's height.
Attach a piece of tape with their name on it and the measurment. Hang these on the wall.
Have the children compare their height and discuss short and tall.
Do this again at the end of the year and compare how much they have grown. I work with 3 year olds and they love it!
Materials: Magnifying glasses--that's it! Encourage the children to use the magnifiying glasses to look at their fingerprints, skin, hair, etc.
This time, provide hand mirrors, paper and crayons or markers for the children to check out the details of their own faces and record what they see!
EXTENSION: Provide "About Me" journals for them to record or draw in as scientists! Simply staple a piece of construction paper to some plain paper.
I'm a Color Scientist
Provide small plastic cups (clear) with water in them. Provide eye droppers and small cups of paint for the children to experiment with color identification and color mixing!
Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Have the child trace his/her hand and then help them cut out their hand (do not cut the folded side). When done, the hand print should open like a book.
Let the children write their own name on the front and decorate the front.
On the inside, write the date, the child's name, their height and weight (obtained from the science activity in the Science Activity Section above) as well as their birthdate!
Have the children trace their hand and encourage them to print their name on it as best they can. They can compare the size of their hand print to others' handprints. Encourage them to try to cut out their handprints as well.
In advance, pre-print each child's name on a piece of paper.
Provide sorters (shapes, macaroni, etc.) for them to cover the letters of their name with.
Who is this?
Throughout this theme, record each child saying a sentence such as:
"Hi! I like to play ________" Be sure they do not say their names.
The children will not only love hearing their own voices ("That's Me! That's Me"); they will also enjoy trying to guess who belongs to teach voice!
At the beginning of the year, send a Family Collage request home. Let each family know that you are working on an All About Me preschool activities theme and that this is the family portion of that theme!
Ask each family to work with the child to make a Family Collage. The Collage can have photo's on it with family members' names written on it. It can be drawn by the child and family! This is a family event and the purpose is to help the children learn more about each other and each other's families!
Give the families a deadline for when they are due!
As each child brings their collage or poster in, invite that child to point out each picture and name the family members to their friends at circle time!
Family Project Send home a piece of paper that says:
"(childs name) is special to Mommy and Daddy because..." Have the parents fill it out and return to school to go in the All About Me book.
Thank you Jodif St.Thomas from Frontier, Saskatchewan, Canada for submitting this idea!