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The People in my family
2010/1/8 17:30
From Beijing
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In order to service you better, the Institute will be posting activties on a monthly basis for teachers that want to apply MI in the classrooms and parents that want to conduct MI activities at homes.  These activities are pulled from our partner schools and are written by researchers and experienced educators.  We welcome your comments and additions to the activity list to enrich the community.

Activity Title

The People in my family

Triggered Intelligences    

   *    Linguistic Intelligence
   *    Spatial Intelligence
   *    Interpersonal Intelligence
   *    Logical-Mathematical Intelligence
   *    Intrapersonal Intelligence
Suggested Ages

*   Four

  • Personal
  • Social
  • Mathematical Thinking

 and Equipment

1. A large piece of paper long enough to fit all your children’s names across the top (for creating a graph)
2. Small pieces of paper (3’’X3’’) (for children to draw on)
3. Markers or Crayons (for children to draw the people in their family)
4. Glue Stick (to adhere the small pieces of paper to the large paper)


1. Create a column 31/2 inches wide (one for each child in your class) running along the length of the large piece of paper.
2. Write the name of each child (one per column) at the top of the paper.


1. Invite the children to name each of the members of their family.
2. Invite them to draw each member of their family on the small pieces of paper, one member per piece of paper.
3. Suggest they start with themselves, so that they can glue their portrait just under their name.
4. Then place each portrait of each member of each child’s family in the column under his/her name.
5. At the bottom of each child’s column write the number of family members in each child’s family.


limited to the examples below. Think beyond the suggestions given to talk with children. Have real life conversations about the activity they are participating in so you can gain an understanding of what they already know and what they might want to know more about.
As children begin to draw their family members, talk with them about the parts of the body. If a child is drawing her mother, ask her if she knows the color of her mother’s eyes and hair. If a child is drawing a picture of a sibling, ask him if his sibling is older or younger than he.

This activity can be extended by: 

playing “house” in the Dramatic Play Center, building houses in the Block Center and adding small wooden furniture and wooden people, and reading books about families (even animal families).


We would love to hear your feedback and discussion on the following questions:
What is "MI" about this?
What else would you like to do with this kind of activities?
Are there other activities relating to  these Intelligence?

Posted on: 2010/12/23 11:50

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