I know that I have written about these before but they are great and a perfect 'start of the year' activity.
The idea of a Mini-Me is that you create your class or group in miniature. The children can then use these miniatures in their play.
There is nothing more powerful for your self esteem than having a little 'you' that you can take around with you or create fabulous fantasy small worlds to play in.
Mini-Me's can be really effective in helping children to develop language and communication skills as well as personal social skills and positive behaviours.
How to do it
What You Need :
- Digital camera
- Small yoghurt drink bottle (one per child)
What to do :
- Take a full length photograph of each child . It is worth spending the time to make sure that they are all of a similar size. If you are taking them in your setting then find a spot to stand the children and always have the camera in the same place
- Cut around the photograph
- Attach to the front of the yoghurt drink bottle
Tip: PVA glue can take a long time to dry. Try attaching your photograph to the bottle with self adhesive Velcro or a glue gun.
You could also try using the bottle to store special messages or gifts to or from the children.
Don't forget to Mini-Me yourself so that the children can use you in their small world play. This can really help them with familiarisation. The downside of having the adults in the setting as a Mini-Me is that you really find out what you sound like to the children!
I have successfully used family Mini-Me's with children who are finding it difficult to settle. Far from making the children more anxious, if they have Mini-Me's of their significant family members it allows them to involve them in their play and gives them a sense of security.
Once you have made a set you will find yourself making them again and again. It doesn't stop with your children, once you have got the hang of laminating a picture and sticking it to a bottle, the world is your Oyster!
Have fun Mini-Me-ing!