Importance of Activity:
- It is important for your child to recognize the similarities and differences between him/herself and others.
- Learning about how we are the same and different will help your child learn to appreciate him/herself and others.
- As you and your child create paper dolls resembling your family, your child will begin to appreciate the similarities and differences between him/herself and his/her family.
- Child knows own characteristics, preferences and experiences as similar to and different from others’.
- Child recognizes own skills and accomplishments and takes pleasure in performing them.
- Strengthening parent-child relationship.
- Child is aware and appreciates the similarities and differences between self and others in the community.
- Let’s complete this sentence together. I like you when _______.
- How do you feel when you spend time with your family?
- There are many similarities and differences between you and your family members.
- What similarities do you see between you and me?
- What differences do you see between you and me?
- How do you feel when you listen to the “I Like You When” song?
- Let see who is in our family? What is their family role (i.e., father/mother, son/daughter, etc.)?
- Sing the song with your child while looking at the “I Like You When” activity tuneTOON®.
- Place the mat on the playing area.
- Arrange the craft supplies in front of your child on the playing area.
- Say, “Today we are going to make paper dolls resembling our family members!”
- Talk to your child about his/her immediate family. Explain to your child that family members can be similar and different than him/her. Provide your child with examples of -- similarities and differences between him/her and his/her family members (examples: eye color, interests, hair color, age, gender, role in the family, etc.)
- Ask your child to think of similarities and differences that he/she sees between him/herself and his/her family members. Ask your child how these similarities and differences make him/her feel.
- Now it is time to make paper dolls! Provide your child with empty toilet paper rolls (one for each member of your family). Have you child use the colored papers to make them the rolls different.
- Have your child decorate the toilet paper rolls to resemble his/her family members. As your child makes the paper dolls, listen to the “I Like You When” song.
- Once your child is done making the paper dolls, ask your child to show you the similarities and differences that he/she sees between him/herself and the paper dolls he/she made.
- Find a special place to keep the paper dolls.
- End the activity by singing the song again with your child.
- Fold the playing mat together and put it away.
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