peaPod
5:3

I Am Special

Domain:

In this activity, your toddler will learn about what makes them special, while reading abook together and creating their special plate figure depicting themselves.

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle of Autonomy (24+ months)

    Age:

    Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

  • Song:

    Everyone Is Special

  • Activity:

    I Am Special

Materials:

  • Song
  • Book “I Like Me!” by Nancy Carlson
  • Colored paper
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Safety scissors
  • Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Yarn
  • Pasta or other craft materials available

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Communication and language development
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self worth in the toddler
  • Turn-taking
  • Fine-motor skills
  • Independent work

Key Developmental Facts:

  • Providing choices for children early on is critical to the development of their sense of autonomy. Erikson (1950) believed that the second stage of psychosocial development involves conflict between autonomy and shame and doubt. Hence, children need to develop independence and reduce their reliance on adults in order to develop a sense of autonomy.

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will engage your child in a conversation about what makes them special. Sharing a book about the topic and doing this activity together will strengthen your relationship. Supporting your toddler’s experiences as being independent and your child’s ability to recognize what makes them unique is important to their development of self-worth.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • What happens here in this picture?
  • I like the way you hold the book and point to the different pictures.
  • The title of the book is “I Like Me!” Let’s make our plate figure!
  • I like my eyes. I think they are big and nice. What do you like?
  • I also like the way I laugh and tell stories! What do you like about you?
  • This is a plate figure where you can show what you like about you!
  • Let’s see how you can decorate your plate.

Instructions:

  1. Listen to the song “Everyone is Special” with the toddler, while highlighting the things that make your toddler like themselves.
  2. Share the book “I Like Me!” by Nancy Carlson with your toddler.
  3. Let the toddler hold the book and you both share in the reading of the story.
  4. Make sure to point to each picture as it appears in the book and ask your toddler to tell you what happens in it.
  5. Say: “Let’s make our own plate figure of you!”
  6. Arrange the materials so your toddler is able to use and work with them.
  7. Say: “You can choose any color paper to cut shapes, yarn, pasta and other craft materials to make your figure.”
  8. Pay attention to how the toddler reacts and engages in this activity. Follow their lead.
  9. Let your toddler experiment using the scissors, and together cut paper shapes.
  10. Help your child glue the shapes and other selected materials onto the paper plate.
  11. Use the suggested dialogue to discuss what your toddler likes about themselves.
  12. Write down what your toddler says on the plate.
  13. Help write your toddler’s name on the plate and hang it together on the wall.
  14. End the activity by listening to the song “Everyone is Special,” and dance to the music with your toddler.

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peaPod 5:3

I Am Special

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle of Autonomy (24+ months)

Age: Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

Song: Everyone Is Special

In this activity, your toddler will learn about what makes them special, while reading a book together and creating their special plate figure depicting themselves.

Materials

  • Song
  • Book “I Like Me!” by Nancy Carlson
  • Colored paper
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Safety scissors
  • Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Yarn
  • Pasta or other craft materials available

Desired Outcomes

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Communication and language development
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self worth in the toddler
  • Turn-taking
  • Fine-motor skills
  • Independent work

Key Developmental Facts

  • Providing choices for children early on is critical to the development of their sense of autonomy. Erikson (1950) believed that the second stage of psychosocial development involves conflict between autonomy and shame and doubt. Hence, children need to develop independence and reduce their reliance on adults in order to develop a sense of autonomy.

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will engage your child in a conversation about what makes them special. Sharing a book about the topic and doing this activity together will strengthen your relationship. Supporting your toddler’s experiences as being independent and your child’s ability to recognize what makes them unique is important to their development of self-worth.

Suggested Dialogue

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read it together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • What happens here in this picture?
  • I like the way you hold the book and point to the different pictures.
  • The title of the book is “I Like Me!” Let’s make our plate figure!
  • I like my eyes. I think they are big and nice. What do you like?
  • I also like the way I laugh and tell stories! What do you like about you?
  • This is a plate figure where you can show what you like about you!
  • Let’s see how you can decorate your plate.

Instructions

  • Listen to the song “Everyone is Special” with the toddler, while highlighting the things that make your toddler like themselves.
  • Share the book “I Like Me!” by Nancy Carlson with your toddler.
  • Let the toddler hold the book and you both share in the reading of the story.
  • Make sure to point to each picture as it appears in the book and ask your toddler to tell you what happens in it.
  • Say: “Let’s make our own plate figure of you!”
  • Arrange the materials so your toddler is able to use and work with them.
  • Say: “You can choose any color paper to cut shapes, yarn, pasta and other craft materials to make your figure.”
  • Pay attention to how the toddler reacts and engages in this activity. Follow their lead.
  • Let your toddler experiment using the scissors, and together cut paper shapes.
  • Help your child glue the shapes and other selected materials onto the paper plate.
  • Use the suggested dialogue to discuss what your toddler likes about themselves.
  • Write down what your toddler says on the plate.
  • Help write your toddler’s name on the plate and hang it together on the wall.
  • End the activity by listening to the song “Everyone is Special,” and dance to the music with your toddler.

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