Self-Awareness 1:6 S

Theme: Self-Awareness

In this activity, you will help the child learn about his/herself and become aware of howhe/she is special!

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Self-Awareness 1:6 S

I Am Special Box

Theme: Self-Awareness

Intensity: One-On-One

Song:

In this activity, you will help the child learn about his/herself and become aware of how he/she is special!

Materials

  • Song lyrics
  • A puppet
  • A large box with a mirror glued onto the inner part of the bottom
  • Different artifacts selected by the child
  • Washable markers
  • Crayons

Importance of Activity

  • In completing this activity, you and the child will not only strengthen your relationship while working together, but the child will also be able to express his/her individuality and develop self-awareness.
  • While you engage the child in conversations concerning his/her choices of what should go into the box, language enrichment is taking place and self-recognition and awareness are supported.
  • This activity will provide you with the opportunity to engage closely with the child and form a stronger relationship.

Desired Outcomes

Suggested Dialogue

  • I see that you have made a special box. What do you see inside the box?
  • When you see yourself in the mirror inside the box, how does it make you feel?
  • Think about the song EVERYONE IS SPECIAL. What makes you special?
  • Can you share something about yourself with me? Let's write it down and put it inside your box.
  • How would you like to decorate your special box?
  • Can you think of an object that you would like to put inside your box?
  • Why did you choose this object?
  • Let's look at everyone’s box. How are the boxes the same? How are they different?

Instructions

  1. Sing the song EVERYONE IS SPECIAL with the child, using the lyrics and the puppet.
  2. Ask the child about the song. Say, “What do you think this song is about?”
  3. Ask the child to hold the box, open it and see what’s inside.
  4. Ask the child to choose markers, crayons and art supplies to decorate his/her special box.
  5. Help the child write his/her name on the box.
  6. Now ask the child to look for some of his/her favorite items that will fit into his/her special box (a little car, a small toy, a photo).
  7. Ask the child, “Why did you select these particular items?”
  8. Ask the child, “How did you feel when you saw and recognized yourself in the mirror?”
  9. Help the child write down the feelings that he/she experienced.
  10. Discuss what is special about the child.
  11. Ask the child to share and reflect on how making the box made him/her feel.
  12. Ask the child if he/she would like to take the box home and show it to his/her parents/primary caregiver.

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