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Anti-Bias Activities For Fall

Since we're celebrating the colors of fall with our young children, anyway, why not expand those observations to include the colors and unique qualities of humanity as well. If you believe you can create a more peaceful and equitable world through early childhood care and education, I believe in you.

Here are a few ideas taken from my own experiences.


All The Colors Of Us by Karen Katz

Talk about and compare the children's unique and special skin tones.



The Legend Of Spookley The Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano and Susan Banta.

This is a rhyming story with a great message! It also lends itself to some art ideas that could be a lot of fun!

I'm not linking my book suggestions to any particular marketplace or library system. You're smart people who know how to access good literature so I'll leave it at that.


Pumpkin Painting

This is one of my favorite multisensory activities and it includes so much more involvement for kids under 4 than carving. Here's how:

First, hide small pumpkins outside for kids to discover. Use a permanent marker to put the child's name on the bottom of the pumpkin they choose.

Then, let the kids wash and dry the pumpkins in dish tubs or a sensory table using old toothbrushes or veggie brushes.

Put each dry pumpkin on a paper plate and supply a mixture of tempera paint and clear glue in several colors. Let them paint without making suggestions as the process itself is satisfying and fun. Remember to respect all of the unique and beautiful colors including browns as well as any and all color mixing the children do.

Write their name, again, on the plate, help the child to add biodegradable glitter (optional) to the top and let dry for a few days. You can add a coat of clear glue if you want to seal it and keep the glitter contained. Let dry thoroughly!


What I Like About Me! by Alia Zobel Nolen

It's a board book.

Remember, always keep learning and have fun! I appreciate all you do! Nanci

Nanci J Bradley is an early childhood and family educator, author, teacher, family aerobics instructor, and an all-around fun-loving person. She believes in the power of sleep, healthy eating, lifelong learning, and most of all, PLAY! She studied early childhood ed at Triton College and received her BS in education in 1986 from NIU. She received her MA in human dev from Pacific Oaks College in 2011. She lives and teaches in Madison WI and is the founder of early childhood rocks, a non-profit org dedicated to creating change through early childhood education.

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