14 CHAPTER 1
Unpacking Select suitcases of various sizes, shapes, and materials with varying handles
and designs. Pack each one with clean clothes for dolls, children, and adults
that are used for work, play, and dress-up. Include clothes for all seasons and
from many cultures. Talk with children about how the suitcases are alike and
different. Let them move the suitcases around and check to see how heavy
they are. Point out that just as the suitcases are different from one another, so
are people. See if they can name some of the ways they are different from one
another. If needed, ask questions like, “Is everyone’s hair the same color?” and
“Do the clothes everyone is wearing look the same?” Involve children in open-
ing the suitcases and removing clothes one garment at a time. Ask children to
describe the clothes. Talk about the size body that might have worn the clothes
and in what kind of weather. After each item is discussed, have a child put the
garment in a clothes hamper. Leave some clothes and empty suitcases in a
designated place for children to use in role playing.
a variety of suitcases, a wide variety of clothing (including clothes for various
types of weather and various sizes of people), and clothes hampers
Read and discuss People by Peter Spier.
Help children understand that we all
have unique body types and that we
should be respectful of differences.
identify the ways they are alike and
different from one another.
LSE Help children sort themselves accord-
ing to body similarities and differ-
Add to the environment a variety of
ences. Assist them in seeing that they
representations of the human body,
may have hair color in common with
such as paper dolls, wooden dolls,
one child and height in common
doll babies, fashion dolls, action fig-
with another. Have children help you
ures, photos of people, and figurines.
count the number of children accord-
Ask each child to find a “body” in the
ing to hair color, height, skin color,
classroom and bring it back to the
shoe size, and other features so the
group. Encourage children to com-
information can be put on a chart.
pare the bodies they collected and to