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  1. Magazines
  2. Scissors
  3. Small baskets
  4. Glue
  5. Paper


  1. Talk about the different parts of our bodies. Focus on similarities and differences, senses, or identifying body parts.
  2. Have the children work in groups, each focusing on a particular body part. Ask each group to cut out pictures from magazines of the body part they are working on and keep them in their basket.
  3. When they finish cutting out pictures, ask them to glue their pictures onto paper. Ask each group to share what they found during a show and tell time.
  4. Help the children notice what they found. Talk about similarities, differences, and things that are fun about the pictures.


1. Rearrange the housekeeping center to create a barber shop. If possible,
remove the stove and refrigerator from the center. If you can't remove them,
turn them to the wall. You can use the backs to post photos of hairstyles.
2. Place the large chair in the middle of the room. If you have a large group,
then set up two or three barber chairs.
3. Put the smaller chairs around the edge of the area to create a waiting area,
and place small tables between the small chairs.
4. Put old magazines and hairstyle books on the tables.
5. Place the cash register and pretend money on a small table at the entrance
to the barber shop.
6. Use cardboard or cardstock paper and markers to create a sign for your
barber shop. Hang the sign over the entrance to the "barber shop."
7. Give each child her own small plastic comb. (It's a good idea to print each
child's name on her comb.) Remind the children to take their own comb to
the barber shop with them. Remind the children who are playing barber that
if they comb a friend's hair, they must use their friend's comb.
8. Let the children pretend to wash and cut each other's hair. Encourage them
to use all the materials available as they pretend to cut and trim.
9. Encourage the other children to make use of the "waiting area." They can
read magazines or browse through old hairstyle books.
More to do Books: Ask the children to describe a time when they got their hair cut. Let
them draw a simple picture to illustrate this event. Print their story next to their
picture and bind the pages together into a book. Create a cover with a catchy
title, such as "Cutting Up!" Let the children take turns taking the book home to
share with their families.

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