Ourselves – Early Years Resources with Free Oral Health Pack

‘This is Me’ – Early Years Resources for your Topic on Ourselves

Ourselves, All about Me, This is Me or whatever you like to call it, is a fantastic and popular topic when children return to school in September. It is an area that the children already know lots about and one that they are already interested in, as the most important thing in their world at this point is themselves! Children at this age tend to be very egocentric and so it is a subject very dear to their hearts.

All About Me EYFS activities

I have designed 30 pages of All About Me EYFS activities linked to the topic of ourselves in the activity pack which consists of:

  • Reading words to label the parts of the body
  • Writing words to label the parts of the body
  • Filling in the missing letters in words that label the parts of the body
  • This is me picture frame
  • Family trees for different sized families
  • Feelings worksheet
  • Feelings cards
  • When I grow up I want to be sheet
  • Directed drawing sheets – face and person
  • A birthday cake to decorate with the correct number of candles
  • A plate of favourite food
  • A missing body parts sheet
  • A sheet to celebrate differences
  • My morning sequencing cards

Ourselves Worksheets

Reading Simple Words

Label the Body Parts

This Ourselves worksheet is for those children who already know a number of letter sounds. Children need to cut out the words and match them to the right body parts. I have purposefully chosen words that children can easily sound out.

This is Me activities – Labelling Pictures and Body Parts

These Ourselves worksheets encourage children to make marks of various forms. Children coming into your classroom will be of varying abilities. Some children will still be at the mark making stage while other children will have started to recognise that there is a correlation between letters and sounds. Based on this knowledge you can decide which sheet is most appropriate for which child.

Before children start to hear all of the sounds in a word they begin to hear the initial sound. This is closely followed by them being able to hear the middle sound and then the final sound which can be a little trickier and may need some exaggeration when being pronounced during this stage to develop that particular skill.

The sheet that has a line to write on but no letters can be used for those children who are able to hear all or most of the sounds in words or those children who are still at the mark making stage and are exploring the idea of becoming a writer. At this stage, those children that are able to write most of the letters in the words may spell ‘foot’ as ‘fut’ and ‘head’ as ‘hed’. This is acceptable as children are applying the knowledge that they already know. They may not have learnt that ‘oo’ can also make an ‘u’ sound at this point and will need to make decisions about choices of sounds a little later on.

Drawing People

During the Ourselves topic, it is a good idea to get children to draw themselves. Revisiting this activity each half term and putting the pictures on display will demonstrate the progression. How children draw themselves gives a very clear indication of their stage of development as children pass through distinct stages when drawing themselves. I will outline the progression below:

Scribbling

When children first start scribbling they usually don’t realise that they can make the marks do what they want.

Controlled Scribbling

Children soon recognise the relationship between their movements and the marks they are making on the paper. As this happens, children begin to control their scribbles by varying their motions and by repeating certain lines that give them particular pleasure.

As children gain control of the marks on the page, they start to give meaning to their marks. A child may announce what he or she is going to draw before beginning or may look at the marks on the page afterwards and say, “This is me,” even though it probably won’t look like anything in particular to the onlooker.

Pre-symbolism

Around three to four years of age, children begin to combine the circle with one or more lines in order to represent a person more accurately. It is quite normal for parts of the person to be missing at this stage.

Variations in the figure

Children will eventually start to experiment with various ways of drawing a person and may depict the figure quite differently each time they draw.

The Young child’s concept of space

As young children become increasingly aware of the world around them, the many objects that make up their environment will begin to appear in their drawings.

The age of symbolism

By the age of five or six, most children have developed a repertoire of graphic equivalents or symbols for the things in their environment including a house, a tree, a person, and so on.

Children five and six years old will now be producing accurate drawings of a person with a clearly differentiated head and trunk with arms and legs placed in the appropriate locations. Children may produce very detailed drawings and add items such as clothing, hands, feet, fingers, nose, and teeth.

It is a useful exercise to ask children to draw themselves termly in order to monitor that progression. It is really quite interesting to compare later and earlier drawings and children will enjoy observing the progress that they are making.

Directed Drawing

Activities like the one above will support the progression of children’s drawing as well as support a number of other skills such as fine motor control and hand-eye co-ordination. Also, see my blog on playdough which has a link to some cute face mats for making playdough faces which would be perfect for your continuous provision in an Ourselves topic. If you would like a free directed drawing PowerPoint, and read more about children’s development in drawing and things you can do to develop these skills then head over to my blog about drawing.

Families

Family Tree

Children will have a wide range of family experiences and it is good to share them with each other. The trees above have been made to suit this purpose and take account of the fact that children will have varying numbers of people in their family. Provide children with a tree with the correct number of picture frames for the children to depict their family members. A special frame has been placed on the trunk for their own picture.

Feelings

Feelings Cards

The topic of ‘Ourselves’ is a good way to explore children’s understanding of feelings and emotions. Children’s vocabulary in this area may be limited to ‘sad’ and ‘happy’. Introducing the children to new words is very important. The cards above can be cut up and used for discussion purposes. Once the children are familiar with the new words they can use the accompanying worksheet to match the cards to and add their own expressions.

Future Aspirations

When I grow up…

Careers and vocations have become an important part of education recently and we need to broaden children’s experiences to heighten their awareness of the opportunities available to them. However, I don’t see anything wrong in dreaming about becoming a mermaid, princess or monster whey they grow up – it just demonstrates one of the delights of being three and four! Again, the sheet above could be revisited and repeated to see how children’s ideas change over the years.

And there’s more!

I hope you like the look of the All About Me EYFS activities. If you would like a copy of the Ourselves activity pack it can be purchased from my teacherspayteachers store or tes store.

Free Oral Health Pack

To supplement the Ourselves activity pack I also have a free oral health pack to support you in teaching your little learners about the importance of looking after their teeth.

There are toothbrushes and toothpaste for the children to cut out and assemble as well as a sorting activity where children need to match the correct foods to the correct tooth.

I have also included the sequencing of the day from the Ourselves theme above.