Kiss it Better, by Hiawyn Oran

            It is amazing what a kiss and a Band-Aid can do to heal a hurt.

Materials

  • Lots of band-aids (the more the merrier. I found the children liked opening and applying bandaids with this book).
  • Piece of paper large enough to trace a child
  • Make a dice for transition (see resources)

Vocabulary

Before Reading the Story

            Come to the rug time wearing a band-aid.  Tell the children a story about how it happened.  Ask them if they have ever worn a band-aid?  What do they think band-aids do?  Let the children talk about their experiences about being hurt or sick while at home.  What did they do, who did they tell, what did their parent do, did they have to go to the doctor?

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions; and for other varied purposes.

Reading the Story

Read the story with sympathetic emotions and point out to the children, “look, can you tell how Little Bear is feeling”? Let the children talk about each sad experience that Little Bear goes through if they choose. When you get to the part where Big Bear is upset, ask the children what they think Little Bear will do?

Social & Emotional Development/Social Relationships; progresses in responding sympathetically to peers who are in need, upset, hurt, or angry; and in expressing empathy or caring for others. AND Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates ability to retell and dictate stories from book sand experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to perdict what will happen next in a story.

After Reading the Story

            Trace around one child in the classroom before hand.  Tape the child’s body shape to the wall.  Give each child a band-aid and have them open it.  Go around the circle naming body parts.  The children then attach their band-aid to the body part that they were assigned (Kerry can you put your band-aid on the knee, Roger can you put your band-aid on the neck. Include body parts such as knuckles, ear lob, nostril, spine, ankle, heel, etc). 

Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge if and respect for their bodies and the environment. AND Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands and increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Discovery

            This would be a good day to practice proper hand washing and body washing technique.  Explain to the children that when they fall and bleed that the area must be washed well to help fight any dirt or germs that might have gotten into the cut.  Let the children practice washing their hands and also any other body part that they would like to pretend was cut; water, soap, rinse, dry, apply a band-aid.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; shows growing independence in hygiene, nutrition, and personal care when eating, dressing, washing hands, brushing teeth, and toileting.

Music and Movement

            Play Simon Says with the children. 

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands and increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Sing the Hokey Pokey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EnaAFyrcQM or Looby Loo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwcA_xjw8vs.  Use songs and movements that make children aware of body parts and their names.

Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge if and respect for their bodies and the environment.

            Sing We’re Gonna Wash Those Germs Right Off Of Our Hands, sung to the chorus of I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzu8ZxBHMWk

We’re gonna wash those germs right off of our hands,

We’re gonna wash those germs right off of our hands,

We’re gonna wash those germs right off of our hands,

And keep them nice and clean.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety. and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Use body parts to make simple patterns for the children to follow (clap, jump, clap, jump or tippy toes, touch the ground, turn around, tippy toes, touch the ground, turn around).

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; enhances abilities to recognize, duplicate, and extend simple patterns using a variety of materials.

Blocks

            Bring paper and red writing materials to the center and show the children how to make a cross shape with red marker.  Tell them that this is the universal sign for first aid.  Let them build a hospital and attach their red crosses.  Bring in a toy ambulance if you have one.

Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; develops growing awareness of jobs and what is required to perform them. AND Literacy/Early Writing; experiments with a growing variety of writing tools and materials, such as pencils, crayons, and computers.

Art

            Give each child 5-7 band-aids and have them attach them to a piece of colored paper.  Paint over the band-aids.  When the paint is dry, peel the band-aids off the paper. Can the children predict what will happen?

Creative Arts/Art;develops growing abilities to plan, work independently, and demonstrate care and persistence in a variety of art projects. AND Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to describe and discuss predictions, explanations, and generalizations, based on past experiences.

Sand and Water

            Remind the children if they are wearing a band-aid on their hands, that they should not play in the water as it will fall of when it gets wet. And you do not want any germs to get into their cut or their cut to get into the water.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety. and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Library and Writing

            Have the children draw a picture of a person.  Give each child a band-aid to attach to their picture.  Ask the child how who the person is and why they had to have a band-aid? (My Mom got cut with the knife; I fell off my bicycle and hurt my knee).

Literacy/Early Writing; begins to represent stories and experiences through pictures, dictation, and in play.

Dramatic Play

            If you have any Doctor’s office equipment put it out in the center today along with more bandaids and bandages!

Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; increaseses abiliities to sustain interactions with peers by helping, sharing, and discussion.

Math and Manipulatives

            Put out sequencing cards for the children to put in order and talk about what comes first, next, and last. If you do not have sequencing cards, The Wiseowlfactory website has some that you can copy and print. https://www.thewiseowlfactory.com/sequencing-cards-and-color-matching-for-pre-k-k-1-free-pdfs/.

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows increasing abilities to match, sort, put in a series, and regroup objects according to one or two attributes such as shape or size. Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to predict what will happen next in a story.

Outdoor Play

            Play Elbow-Elbow.  Every child finds a partner.  The caller calls out a body part and the children must touch them together (elbow to elbow, forehead to forehead, toe to toe).  Let the children take turns being the caller.

Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; develops increasing abilities to give and take in interactions; to take turns in games or using materials; and to interact without being overly submissive or directive. AND Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and respect for their bodies and the environment.

Transitions

            Let the children take turns rolling the movement dice and following the actions as they line up or go to the next activity.

Literacy/Early Writing; develops understanding that writing is a way of communicating for a variety of purposes. AND Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.

Resources

dice for transitions. Cut solid lines and fold dotted lines, tape to make a cube.
Make on cardboard for the dramatic center today.
About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.