Trace your child's body on a very large piece of butcher paper. Let them color an decorate it like themselves.
Make Pagan Paper dolls. Go to Littlebuggles Paper Dolls to print out the dolls and clothes.
to a paint store. Have the children pick out the paint sample card that
matches the skin color. Compare to everyone else's samples.
"Crow Boy" Talk to your children about how the boy is smaller and has
different abilities. Talk to your child about how being teased feels to
Read stories by Ezra Keats, including "Cordoroy" and "The Snowy Day."
Ranking the Seasons:
each member of the family a piece of paper. Have everyone write down
the four seasons. Now have every one ''rank" the seasons. Each member
of the family should tell the others the order of their rankings and
why they ranked them in that order. The children will see that everyone
has different values and opinions.
each person in the family draw a picture of the three things they would
take with them if they were going to be stuck on a deserted island.
Then have each family member share their drawings, and tell why they
chose those items.
your child that they are going to have a pretend friend come over to
play. Tell them that his name is Steven, and that he wears the same
things, eats the same things, plays the same games, loves the same
people, thinks the same things, is exactly the same as your child in
every way. Then ask your child what they would talk about with Steven.
Your child will see that it wouldn't be very interesting if everyone
were just the same as they are.
a game of charades with your family. (This is where one person acts out
a phrase, saying, book, or object nonverbally while the others try to
guess what they're saying.) After the game, talk about how important it
is to communicate with people even if they don't use the same words or
Yin and Yang:
your child if they have ever been on a see-saw or played tug-of war, or
arm wrestled before. Try these things if they haven't. Then talk about
how these activities require opposite forces in order to work. Have
your child think of opposites. Explain that it is the presence of
opposing views that makes well balanced communities. Show your child
the Yin Yang symbol and explain that it is showing the ancient Chineese
idea of conflicting forces in the world being part of the natural
each member of your family trace a gingerbread boy or girl cookie
cutter onto paper. Have them cut them out. Have them write all the
emotions that they feel all over the gingerbread person. Have family
members compare their gingerbread people and discuss whether or not
they have experienced the emotions on other people's gingerbread
will need a National Geographic magazine and a flower magazine for this
project. Have your child cut out many different kinds of flowers from
an old flower magazine. Have them glue them down all over a large
paper. Discuss how boring it would be if there were only one kind of
flower in one color. Now have your child go through National geographic
magazines and cut out pictures of many different kinds of people and
glue them next to each flower. Discuss how boring the world be if
everyone looked the same.