I have FINALLY put together a resource to go along with ‘The Body Book,” after meaning to for a looong time. I’ve done this art lesson in classes and day cares and it is such a fun and meaningful way to help kids rethink their relationships with their bodies.
Even in kindergarten and early primary grades kids are learning to judge their bodies by how they look, and whether they “fit” the ideal image they see in media, toys and adult role models. Sadly, it’s not rare to hear a girl in grade one call herself “fat.”
I wanted to shift the focus to one of celebration and gratitude, so this activity is all about answering the question: “What is my favourite thing to do in my body?”
The results kids come up with are diverse, vibrant and fun. When these go up on the wall the classroom turns into a place where EVERY BODY is celebrated for who they are.
Hey, you know what’s a cool idea? Teachers designing worksheets and resources they see a need for in schools, posting them on a site to be downloaded and used by other teachers, then paying eachother for it, instead of a big corporation. Yup, cool. I learned about this through a teacher friend who asked me make some simple illustrations for her work booklets to help young ones learn to read. The target age is pre-k to grade 1/2. A couple of the booklets are free, and can be viewed and downloaded here:
I’m always happy when I get to use my creative energy on a project with someone I know and like, which was the case for this super cute alphabet work book a teacher friend asked for some help on. I did the pictures, while Danita put together the text and layout. I’m really happy with how it turned out!