- children's book with pictures of a neighborhood
- construction paper
- markers and crayons
- masking tape
Objective: Children will think about the places in their neighborhood and then contribute a drawing to a group patchwork.
- Read a book about the different places and people in a neighborhood,
such as one of those listed below. Talk with children about the
buildings, stores, and other places in the book. How is the neighborhood
in the book the same as and different from theirs? Encourage children to
talk about the places they see and go to in their neighborhood
- Ask children to name a place in their neighborhood that they go to
regularly a grocery store, the post office, a bakery, a gas
station, your school or center, and so on. If children have trouble
naming places, ask them to think of what they see on the way to school
in the morning.
- Give children construction paper, crayons, and markers. Invite them to
draw a picture of the neighborhood place they mentioned. Label each
child's drawing, writing the name of the place each child drew and any
comments about the place he or she wishes to add.
- Tape children's drawings together, creating a square or rectangular
patchwork of pictures. Hang the patchwork on the wall and invite
children to point out and discuss all of the places in their community
that they drew.
Create a movement floor game called "Neighborhood Twister."
First, cover both sides of the patchwork with clear contact paper. Then
make a spinner out of cardboard. Write the name of each place shown in
the patchwork on the spinner. (Attach a craft stick to the spinner with
a thumbtack to make an arrow.) Children can have fun placing their arms
and legs on the different neighborhood places as you spin the arrow and
call them out.
Children will explore many neighborhoods and the people in them as they
share these books.
In the Middle of the Night
by Kathy Henderson
Jonathan and His Mommy
by Irene Smalls-Hector
by Margaret Miller