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FAMILIES

FAMILY COLLAGES
Cut out magazine and catalog pictures of people of all ages and cultures. Also include pictures of pets. Set out the pictures and invite your children to choose those that resemble their own family members. Then let them glue the pictures onto large pieces of construction paper that have been cut into house shapes.
 
FAMILY PUPPETS
Let your children try the following ideas for making puppet families. Encourage them to name their puppets and use them to "talk" with one another.
Decorate different sizes of gingerbread-man shapes cut out of poster board to look like family members. Glue craft stick handles to the backs of the shapes.
Draw family member faces on large and small craft sticks. Glue on yarn hair plus clothing made from paper or fabric scraps.
 
HOW MANY MEMBERS

Ask your children to draw pictures of their families. Then count with each child the number of people in his or her family and write the corresponding numeral on the child's paper. Display the pictures on a wall and discuss them with your group. Help the children to understand that families come in all sizes.
 
PLAYTIME FAMILIES
Try one or both of these ideas with your group.
Fashion family member figures out of felt and invite your children to play with them on a flannel board. Encourage the children to make up stories about the families.
Mount magazine pictures of "family members" on heavy paper. Attach small magnets to the backs and place them on a magnetic surface for your children to play with.
 
FAMILY HELPERS

Help your children trace around their hands on paper and cut out the shapes. Have them dictate ways that they help out at home, such as putting away their toys or raking leaves, for you to write down on their paper hands. Let the children decorate their shapes with crayons or markers. Then use their finished creations to make a Helping Hands display on a wall or a bulletin board.
 
LET'S PLAY FAMILIES
Challenge your children to create "families" using various sizes of small objects, such as rocks, twigs, blocks, unshelled nuts, or dried pasta shapes. Let them play with their families in a pretend dollhouse or a real one. Or draw a floor plan of a home on large paper for a play area.
 
WITH OUR FAMILIES

Tune: "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

What does Michael like to do,
Like to do, like to do?
What does Michael like to do
With his family? (Michael responds.)

Michael likes to go on rides,
Go on rides, go on rides.
Michael likes to go on rides
With his family.
Heather McPhail
 
Sing the song for each of your children, substituting the child's name for "Michael" and what the child likes to do for "go on rides."
 

FAMILY COOKING
Talk about how family members sometimes work together to make a meal. Then plan to make a cooperative dish with your group to serve at snacktime, such as vegetable soup (let each child contribute a veggie) or cookies (have everyone take part in cutting out cookie shapes and helping with the decorating).