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I Like Me

Domain:

In this activity, you will read a story with your toddler and discuss what makes themspecial. Your toddler will draw a self-portrait.

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle of exploration (18+ months)

    Age:

    Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

  • Song:

    Everyone is Special

  • Activity:

    I Like Me

Materials:

  • Song
  • Book “ABC I Like Me!” by Nancy Carlson
  • Paper
  • Jumbo size crayons

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Communication and development of language
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self worth in the toddler
  • New experiences and discoveries
  • Turn taking

Key Developmental Facts:

  • Body self-awareness starts around 20 months of age (about the same age as children start to identify themselves in a mirror).

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen to the song and follow the story. Your toddler will gain a sense of “I Like Me” while responding and pointing out to what is special and unique about themselves. Reading to your child and figuring out what makes them special will help them gain a sense of competency and self-worth. Spending time with your toddler communicating, interacting and turn-taking, establishes the building blocks for social development as well as language development.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Look at you! You are sitting so nicely!
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • This book is about “What I like About Me” and it is organized according to the ABCs.
  • Let’s see how we can read the book having you as the character. Let’s use your name and see if everything in the book fits you as well.
  • I like the way you hold the book and point to the letters.
  • Now that you have all these ideas about what makes you like yourself, let’s have you draw yourself on this paper.
  • What do you like about you?
  • I like that you are a happy kid.
  • I like that you ask questions and want to explore.
  • Tell me about your drawing.

Instructions:

  1. Sit on a blanket on the floor with your toddler facing each other.
  2. Listen to the song “Everyone Is Special” with the toddler, while highlighting the things the toddler likes about themselves.
  3. Share the book “ABC I Like Me!” by Nancy Carlson with your toddler.
  4. Have the toddler hold the book to take part in the reading of the story.
  5. Point to each letter as it appears in the book and ask your toddler to repeat the letter and the word associated with it.
  6. Pay attention to how the toddler reacts and engages in this activity. Follow their lead.
  7. Take turns and create a reciprocal conversation to encourage your toddler to babble and talk.
  8. Suggest reading the book again using your toddler’s name and have them point out what they like about themselves.
  9. Praise the toddler for identifying the things that they like about themselves.
  10. Use the suggested dialogue and be animated when talking with your toddler.
  11. Offer to your toddler a paper and crayons and suggest they draw themselves and what they like about themselves.
  12. Encourage your toddler to tell you about the drawing and write down their narrative.
  13. Hang the drawing together in a place your child will see the picture.
  14. End the activity by listening to the song “Everyone Is Special,” and dance with your child to the music.

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peaPod 4:3

I Like Me

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle of exploration (18+ months)

Age: Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

Song: Everyone is Special

In this activity, you will read a story with your toddler and discuss what makes them special. Your toddler will draw a self-portrait.

Materials

  • Song
  • Book “ABC I Like Me!” by Nancy Carlson
  • Paper
  • Jumbo size crayons

Desired Outcomes

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Communication and development of language
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self worth in the toddler
  • New experiences and discoveries
  • Turn taking

Key Developmental Facts

  • Body self-awareness starts around 20 months of age (about the same age as children start to identify themselves in a mirror).

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen to the song and follow the story. Your toddler will gain a sense of “I Like Me” while responding and pointing out to what is special and unique about themselves. Reading to your child and figuring out what makes them special will help them gain a sense of competency and self-worth. Spending time with your toddler communicating, interacting and turn-taking, establishes the building blocks for social development as well as language development.

Suggested Dialogue

  • Look at you! You are sitting so nicely!
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • This book is about “What I like About Me” and it is organized according to the ABCs.
  • Let’s see how we can read the book having you as the character. Let’s use your name and see if everything in the book fits you as well.
  • I like the way you hold the book and point to the letters.
  • Now that you have all these ideas about what makes you like yourself, let’s have you draw yourself on this paper.
  • What do you like about you?
  • I like that you are a happy kid.
  • I like that you ask questions and want to explore.
  • Tell me about your drawing.

Instructions

  • Sit on a blanket on the floor with your toddler facing each other.
  • Listen to the song “Everyone Is Special” with the toddler, while highlighting the things the toddler likes about themselves.
  • Share the book “ABC I Like Me!” by Nancy Carlson with your toddler.
  • Have the toddler hold the book to take part in the reading of the story.
  • Point to each letter as it appears in the book and ask your toddler to repeat the letter and the word associated with it.
  • Pay attention to how the toddler reacts and engages in this activity. Follow their lead.
  • Take turns and create a reciprocal conversation to encourage your toddler to babble and talk.
  • Suggest reading the book again using your toddler’s name and have them point out what they like about themselves.
  • Praise the toddler for identifying the things that they like about themselves.
  • Use the suggested dialogue and be animated when talking with your toddler.
  • Offer to your toddler a paper and crayons and suggest they draw themselves and what they like about themselves.
  • Encourage your toddler to tell you about the drawing and write down their narrative.
  • Hang the drawing together in a place your child will see the picture.
  • End the activity by listening to the song “Everyone Is Special,” and dance with your child to the music.

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