The start of the school year is a special and exciting time for young kids. Plus, teachers and parents enjoy getting to know the children and one another, too. You'll be pleased to know that there are many ways to meet that first week of school with a bit of ease, including loads of fun back to school and All About Me activities.
All About Me Activities & Printables
I went in search of the BEST All About Me ideas, and, you know what? All of these back to school activities & printables are FREE and perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. So, check out these activities plus loads more fall activities for kids to start your back to school planning!
I love this craft for so many reasons. First of all, Charlotte's Web is one of my ALL time favorite books. Next, the activity costs close to nothing AND involves learning new vocabulary. Not to mention, young kids work on fine motor skills by using scissors to cut out words for their project.
So, most of these activities are focused on back to school BUT why not revisit the theme in the spring. For example, this sweet exercise is perfect for all ages and allows toddlers and preschoolers the freedom to uniquely create their self-portrait.
You cannot go wrong with Angela Thayer's work over at TeachingMama.org. In other words, she is a rock star and nails preschool pedagogy every time. Angela offers a variety of All About Me theme ideas for preschoolers. So, click thru and check out her work.
Recently obsessed with lap books, I stumbled upon this one and adore it. You see, a child creates his own book to keep and carry with him throughout the year if he so chooses. Plus, parents can see the work he's done easily with a lap book.
These writing prompts are not only beautifully designed but are also cleaver. In addition, this activity is a unique twist on your standard All About Me activities involving parents. With that said, this activity offers many variations easily applied to a preschool or kindergarten classroom.
Super cute writing activity for preschoolers and kindergartners. For instance, I appreciate how a child can color, draw, or write about himself depending on his level of comfort and development.
Natural Beach Living is another treasure vault of remarkable ideas for preschool. Lucky for us, the author, Kimberly, offers a ton of unique and hands-on All About Me resources covering the theme in depth.
I had to include this All About Me printables back because it can easily be adapted to a home or classroom learning environment! In addition, the printable pack is FREE.
I love the real images in this photo. So, I couldn't resist this activity. This image is one of many extraordinary All About Me activities applied to the topic of science making the activities both unique and engaging to kids and adults!
All the same idea as the unit above, these activities help kids connect the dots between their bodies and science. In addition, kids get to know themselves and each other better. The author presents an entire activity beginning with a book and ending with science where the kids explore their faces in the mirror and trace their bodies.
This All About Me activity incorporates a sensory exercise, which I love. Most kids appreciate the feel of play dough and enjoy working with the medium. Furthermore, this activity gives kids a chance to create their self-portrait using a variety of materials such as buttons, googly-eyes, yarn, and so on.
Things I Know & Love Collage
The first week of school is all about getting to know one another. Most importantly, this activity gives children a chance to let others in on a few things about themselves and to get to know those children in their class in a special way. In addition to creativity, my goal with the activity was to allow the kids time and space to think about what they truly value in his life.
- Prepare the small plastic baskets ahead of time with a random stack of images
- Have each child take a collage template
- Explain that the activity is to create a collage of the things they know & love
- Have the children glue images on the cardstock
- Encourage the children to use markers to decorate and add their own unique design to their collage
How brilliant is this exercise? Simply use a mirror and an easily removable marker to trace a child's body. However, the fun doesn't stop there. At that point, kids continue to create their self-portrait with materials such as googly-eyes.
This All About Me activity has a Lego theme that engages kids immediately. Plus, the worksheet allows kids the opportunity to decorate and draw a bit about themselves.
This activity brings together fine motor skills work, drawing a self-portrait, and science by labeling the parts of the body. So, really, you can't go wrong with this All About Me activity.
Well, that does it for me! 14+ All About Me activities to make your back to school go smoothly. Most importantly, you and the kids might just have a bit of fun with all these activities from which to choose. Enjoy!