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Preschoolers are curious little beings and can pick up on the simplest of differences.
During our all about me unit study from The Preschool Experience Curriculum, I wanted to talk about every organ in the body including our skin. This was a great opportunity to talk about diversity.
We started out our lesson by reading The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler.
Then we watched this YouTube video on How the Skin Works.
When we finished, I asked Sicily if she has ever seen someone with different colored skin. Her answer was no. Kids are so innocent and don’t really notice things like the color of someone’s skin until they are are bit older.
I showed her two different eggs. We talked about how one egg was white like our skin and the other egg was brown like other people’s skin.
I asked her to shake them, feel them, and smell them. Each time asking her if they felt the same or different. Which she concluded they were both the same in every way.
Then I asked her what she thought would happen if we cracked them. Would they be the same or different on the inside?
To my surprise, she thought they would be different.
I invited her to crack the eggs in the bowl. She was excited to see that they were both the same on the inside. We talked about how people may be different on the outside, but are all the same on the inside.
We ended our skin activities with a skin color sort to get a little math into our day. I placed this learning game on our shelf for her to explore throughout the rest of the week as we learned about other parts of the body.
Grab a copy of the skin color hands for sorting by clicking the image below.
The next day, I set out the mirror with some paper and crayons to draw ourselves. As she was looking in the mirror she pointed out that her skin was white and my skin was white.
“But we’re all the same mama.”