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5:1

I Can Dress Myself

Domain:

In this activity, you will read a story with your toddler and play pretend whileexercising the self-help skills of dressing up.

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle of Autonomy (24+ months)

    Age:

    Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

  • Song:

    I Can Do It by Myself

  • Activity:

    I Can Dress Myself

Materials:

  • Song
  • Book “Let’s Get Dressed!” by Caroline Jayne Church
  • Dolls and different items like hats, scarfs, doll’s clothes and more for pretend play

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Communication and development of language
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self worth --“I can do it” in the toddler
  • Play pretend
  • Turn taking
  • Self-help skills
  • Fine-motor skills

Key Developmental Facts:

  • Young children gain their self-worth through their experiences with the adults around them. A confident toddler is ready to explore the world around them.

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen and follow the story as well as gain a sense of “I can do it”. Your toddler is eager to learn about new things that they can do and discover. It is important to your child’s sense of competency and self-worth to support their efforts to be independent by doing self-help skills by themselves. Spending time doing this activity with your toddler, by reading and playing pretend, help strengthen your relationship.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Look at you! You are a big _______________ !
  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • What happens here in this picture?
  • Can you do the same? Would you like to try?
  • I like the way you hold the book and point to the different pictures.
  • Who helps you dress everyday?
  • Let’s see how we can play with these dolls and dress them up?
  • What type of clothes do they need to wear? Are they going to a party?
  • Let’s tell your story and how you can dress up.
  • You are so gentle with the doll and you are taking such a good care of them!

Instructions:

  1. Sit on a blanket on the floor with your toddler facing each other.
  2. Listen to the song, “I Can Do It by Myself,” with the toddler while highlighting the things your toddler can do in the song.
  3. Share the book “Let’s Get Dressed!” by Caroline Jayne Church with your toddler.
  4. Let the toddler hold the book to share in the reading of the story.
  5. Make sure to point to each picture in the book and ask your toddler to tell you what happens in it.
  6. Pay attention how the toddler reacts and engages in this activity. Follow their lead.
  7. Engage the child in conversation on how the character gets dressed.
  8. Retell the story with the toddler as the main character.
  9. Use the suggested dialogue to encourage the toddler to participate in the process of the story making.
  10. Suggest playing dress up with the dolls. Use different doll clothes and ribbons to dress up the dolls. Be animated and use the suggested dialogue. Talking with your toddler is important so that they can acquire more language.
  11. Praise the toddler for dressing up the doll and being gentle when handling it.
  12. End the activity by listening to the song, “I Can Do It by Myself,” and dancing to the music with your toddler.

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peaPod 5:1

I Can Dress Myself

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle of Autonomy (24+ months)

Age: Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

Song: I Can Do It by Myself

In this activity, you will read a story with your toddler and play pretend while exercising the self-help skills of dressing up.

Materials

  • Song
  • Book “Let’s Get Dressed!” by Caroline Jayne Church
  • Dolls and different items like hats, scarfs, doll’s clothes and more for pretend play

Desired Outcomes

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Communication and development of language
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self worth --“I can do it” in the toddler
  • Play pretend
  • Turn taking
  • Self-help skills
  • Fine-motor skills

Key Developmental Facts

  • Young children gain their self-worth through their experiences with the adults around them. A confident toddler is ready to explore the world around them.

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen and follow the story as well as gain a sense of “I can do it”. Your toddler is eager to learn about new things that they can do and discover. It is important to your child’s sense of competency and self-worth to support their efforts to be independent by doing self-help skills by themselves. Spending time doing this activity with your toddler, by reading and playing pretend, help strengthen your relationship.

Suggested Dialogue

  • Look at you! You are a big _______________ !
  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • What happens here in this picture?
  • Can you do the same? Would you like to try?
  • I like the way you hold the book and point to the different pictures.
  • Who helps you dress everyday?
  • Let’s see how we can play with these dolls and dress them up?
  • What type of clothes do they need to wear? Are they going to a party?
  • Let’s tell your story and how you can dress up.
  • You are so gentle with the doll and you are taking such a good care of them!

Instructions

  • Sit on a blanket on the floor with your toddler facing each other.
  • Listen to the song, “I Can Do It by Myself,” with the toddler while highlighting the things your toddler can do in the song.
  • Share the book “Let’s Get Dressed!” by Caroline Jayne Church with your toddler.
  • Let the toddler hold the book to share in the reading of the story.
  • Make sure to point to each picture in the book and ask your toddler to tell you what happens in it.
  • Pay attention how the toddler reacts and engages in this activity. Follow their lead.
  • Engage the child in conversation on how the character gets dressed.
  • Retell the story with the toddler as the main character.
  • Use the suggested dialogue to encourage the toddler to participate in the process of the story making.
  • Suggest playing dress up with the dolls. Use different doll clothes and ribbons to dress up the dolls. Be animated and use the suggested dialogue. Talking with your toddler is important so that they can acquire more language.
  • Praise the toddler for dressing up the doll and being gentle when handling it.
  • End the activity by listening to the song, “I Can Do It by Myself,” and dancing to the music with your toddler.

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