In this activity, you and your toddler will listen to the song and follow the lyrics tomake a self-portrait.
Circle of exploration (18+ months)
Toddler (18 to 36 Months)
It’s Great to Be Me
- Crayons or markers
Developmental Step: Circle of exploration (18+ months)
Age: Toddler (18 to 36 Months)
Song: It’s Great to Be Me
In this activity, you and your toddler will listen to the song and follow the lyrics to make a self-portrait.
- Crayons or markers
- Adult-child interactions
- Eye-hand coordination
- Fine motor skills development
- Communication and development of language
- Development of early literacy
- Sense of self-worth
- New experiences and discoveries
Key Developmental Facts
- Mark-making and scribbling are the first skills in the development of drawing behavior among young infants and toddlers.
Importance of Activity
- In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen and follow the lyrics to create their self-portrait. Following directions in the song and drawing themselves is a great way for your child to develop self-worth, communication, understand sequence of events, and exercise fine-motor skills. Spending time with your toddler communicating, interacting and turn-taking, establishes the building blocks for social development as well as language development.
- Let’s listen to this song.
- What is the song about?
- Let’s follow the song and draw our portrait on the paper
- I am happy to be me! I have ______ eyes and _______ hair.
- Let’s see, what color are your eyes and what is your hair color?
- What else makes you feel great to be you?
- I feel great about being me because I am your _________ and I love you so much.
- What color crayon would you like to use to draw yourself?
- My favorite color is _____________; what is your favorite?
- I like the way you hold the crayon and color!
- Listen to the song “It’s Great to Be Me,” while highlighting the things that make the toddler great!
- Offer your toddler paper, crayons or markers.
- Encourage your child to select the colors they want.
- Listen to the song again and have your child draw their self-portrait.
- Pay attention to how the toddler reacts and engages in this activity. Follow their lead.
- Help your toddler follow the lyrics and use the suggested dialogue to converse about the things that make them great! Take turns to create a reciprocal conversation and encourage babbling and talking. Talking to your toddler is important so they can hear and can listen to spoken language.
- Praise your child for the way they draw and color.
- When your toddler is done drawing and coloring, help them write their name on the paper.
- You can also add the things your toddler says about what makes them great!
- Hang the paper on the wall in a place you both selected.
- End the activity by listening to the song “It’s Great to Be Me,” and dancing to the music together.
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