My family: Family matters

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By Lorelli Mojicachildren’s poet and illustrator, and part-time early years teacher

Develop the children’s creative, language and number skills with these hands-on family activities

Family matters

1 Stick family

Create stick puppets based on different family members

Creative Development

Exploring Media and Materials

Development matters: create 3D structures (30-50 months); understand that different media can be combined to create new effects (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Wooden spoons; clean lollipop sticks; collage materials; goggle eyes; glue; felt-tipped pens.

What to do

Before carrying out the activity, make your own stick family by decorating wooden spoons using a variety of collage materials. Introduce your stick family to the children and act out a simple family gathering with them.

Invite the children to make a stick family based on members of their own family. Encourage them to think about the different features that each family member has, for example, do they have long hair or short hair? Do they wear glasses, hats or ties? What can the children use from the materials that are available to represent these different features? Let the children use their stick family puppets for role play.


Show the children different collage techniques, such as sticking, cutting and scrunching, to help them achieve their desired effects.

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