I am sure that most of you have discovered the joy of a mini me. They are really simple to produce and an excellent addition to any setting. They are great for all sorts of different uses, provocations and enhancements.
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, a wooden block or a ‘Stand me Up’ (see giveaway below).
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!
Stand Me Ups Giveaway.
Once you have created your mini mes, you might find these Stand Me Ups from Thinking Products useful.
The set comes with:
20 plastic stands,
20 blank write on-wipe off cards and
10 number cards which also have the dots on them.
Perfect for helping your mini me to stand up straight!
The lovely folks at Thinking Products have given me 5 sets of Stand Me Ups to GIVEAWAY.
If you would like to stand a chance of winning a set then all you have to do is to leave a comment at the bottom of the blog post!
The closing date for the giveaway is noon on Saturday 27th February 2018.
You can find out more about Thinking products here.