Materials: different colors of construction paper: (yellow, red, green, blue, purple, brown, orange, pink) – cut into squares, black house cut out, glue, a key to show what color of squares represents each family member
Prepare house cut out for each child in the classroom and cut construction paper into 1 inch squares.
Teacher will create a key to represent each family member:
Students will glue the square that represent family onto their black house cut out.
Students can compare and contrast the different family structures.
Modifications for Children with Special Needs:
Provide students with pictures of the family members that live in their house.
If pictures are unavailable, help create a list of family members that live in their house and help decide what color they represent.
All families are different! They come in different shapes and sizes. Every child comes in bringing different family values and experiences. One of the most important things that we can do is to help children feel good about the uniqueness of their family and help them to respect other families that may be different. Children are trying to find their place in this world and trying to understand the concept of family, whether they are traditional or non-traditional.
Children should be given experiences that allow them to celebrate their family and engage in conversations about who lives in their house and who takes care of them. This will help them to understand that it is love that makes a family, not the structure of the family.
In the KET video, Family Time, children will see that families can be different. Some children live with a mom and dad, some live with their grandparents, some live with uncles or aunts. No matter what their family looks like, they can enjoy being together.