One of my favorite preschool themes year after year is All About Me! But I will have to admit that it is kind of a tricky theme to come up with ideas for.
I usually do it the first month or two after school starts. Or in a year-round setting, I would do it during a month when there aren’t a lot of holidays or other seasonal themes that fit.
All About Me activities are a fun way for kids to explore different aspects of themselves: their characteristics such as their hair, skin, eyes, and well as their differences and similarities. There’s a ton of fun activities to tie in — sensory, writing, art activities, and so much more! We can teach preschoolers about their feelings and emotions, help them embrace their likes and dislikes, introduce name recognition and spelling, and more.
Over the years I’ve noticed that the age of the preschool class makes a lot of difference in how I teach this theme. Many three-year-olds want to focus mostly on learning and talking about themselves. We discover their favorite color, their favorite foods, what their pet is, and the things that they love.
Many four-year-olds are ready to think a little further. So for them, we add their family, their neighborhood, their community and more.
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All About Me
Here are some fun and engaging All About Me activities that would be perfect for back to school time with preschoolers..
An All About Me poster is a must-have for this theme. There are three different versions to choose from to start recording those special memories.
This Reggio-inspired self-portrait activity is an amazing way to kick off an All About Me theme! It’s perfect for kids of all ages and results in an amazing art keepsake.
For a self portrait that’s super easy to make, use mirrors and dry-erase markers for an awesome themed activity!
I can still remember tracing my friends’ bodies on butcher paper when I was in preschool, and it was so fun! This body tracing activity, with additional coloring and decorating after the tracing, is a sure win.
Me On the Map is a simple craft that helps kids understand how they fit in with their street, town, state, continent, and even planet. This project is probably better for slightly older kids, but it’s a winner!
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Name recognition is such a great skill for preschoolers! This adorable clothespin name activity combines letter recognition with fine motor strengthening work.
This name sensory bottle is a great way to introduce the letters of a child’s name. Hair gel and alphabet beads make for a magical (and super easy!)
Create a personalized name stamp that your kids won’t be able to get enough of. Even big kids love seeing their own name!
This Letter Board Name Search is another fun way to work on name recognition. Kids will enjoy searching through the letters and putting their name on the letter board.
Learning About Our Bodies
Use playdough and craft materials to make a creative sensory self-portrait. This All About Me learning activity incorporates science, fine motor practice, and the senses!
Use butcher paper and body part labels to create this life-size All About Me science activity.
Personality and Differences
Part of what makes you YOU is your family. This printable book is an exciting way to help children explore this part of themselves!
Another wonderful idea to explore the idea of family is this “my family” sensory bin. I like how personal it is for each child!
This family portrait collage art project is amazing! After exploring facial features in a mirror, kids use art supplies like paper and string to make a picture of each family member. There are so many great learning skills practiced in this activity – creativity, fine motor skills, and family member names/roles.
All About Me Books
We know that embracing differences is important, but it can be very difficult for some. These picture books about accepting differences help children start to see that everyone is different and their differences are part of what makes them special.
This adorable All About Me book is set up inside a handprint!
This All About Me book is an amazing printable from Play to Learn Preschool – it’ll only take 5 minutes to prepare them for your whole class!