What makes YOUR hair special?
This activity is an easy way to start a conversation with your child about the ways that ethnicity makes each of us special. Through simply looking through some books, magazines or online pictures, you can point out different hair textures and styles and use these as a launching off point to discuss things like where people come from, what their traditions are like and what makes them special.
📚 Books to explore: I Love My Hair! by Natasha Tarpley; American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang; and Drawn Together by Minh Le.
✨ Pro tip: You can use any visual aid with people in it, such as postcards, flyers or photos from home.
For this activity you will need:
Pictures of people (books, magazines, newspapers, websites)
Scissors (if you choose to cut from a magazine)
Symbolic thought, representation, and roots skills in literacy
Identifying objects in photos
Have your child look at photos of people of varying ethnicities.
Start a conversation with your child about the different types of hair, including things like color, length and texture. If you want to cut out pictures for your child to compare it helps make a better visual.
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have them point out who they know that has similar hair to the one in the picture.
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Have them look in at real pictures of family members or friends.
What texture is this person’s hair?
What texture is your hair?
How long or short is this person's hair?
What style is their hair?
Which hairstyle is your favorite?