Show and Tell

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How to prepare for Show and Tell activity? What to bring? What's the process ? What's the benefits ....etc

What is Show and Tell ? It is like talking except that a little more effort put into its preparation will bring out more creativity, interest and excitement. It is a chance for preschool kids to take a center stage in front of other kids. This helps a child to learn and experience public speaking - a skill a child will use throughout his life.


  • Inform the parents about this activity and give them a list of items, ideas or theme for the month or quarter.

  • Guide parents with the choice of item - size, weight, fragility, cost ...etc

  • Explain the objectives and benefits of this exercise.

  • Help the child prepare for the talk - help with sentence structure if the child is weak in language. Help with vocal projection if the child is soft spoken. Help build confidence if the child is shy.

  • Show and Tell can be overwhelming if you are doing it every week. You can easily run out of ideas or the session can become routine and bored. Introduce themes for the month or for the quarter. See below for a list of themes.

  • Plan your time according to the number of kids that will be involved for the day's activity.

  • Provide a "Show and Tell" Mascot for the next child on the line - to bring home as an indication that he's next on the line to share. Or perhaps a laminated notice to be clipped onto his backpack.

  • Model a "Question and Answer time" using puppets or a parent, to give a concrete example of how to ask the right open-ended question.

  • Make a slow transition from having the security of an object or props to talking about abstracts - like feelings of a vacation, what happened this morning at breakfast...etc


  • Teacher announces that Show and Tell will begin in 5 minutes
  • Children sits in rows in a semi circular formation
  • Child gets prepared with item and sits in front row.
  • Teacher theatrically introduces and welcomes the child
  • Child shows item and talks about it
  • Teacher guides gently with small responses
  • Child shows item to the kids one by one if necessary
  • Child chooses two kids for questions, then answers
  • Everyone claps at the end
  • Teacher acknowledges and says "Thank You"


  • * A favorite book
  • * A "safe" kitchen tool (whisk, cookie cutters, etc)
  • * a portable musical instrument- harmonica, recorder, keyboard
  • * a stuffed animal
  • * a portrait collage or a family picture
  • * collage of his favorite color.
  • * a new skill
  • * take grandma or grandpa
  • * a favorite pair of shoes or a funny pair of socks
  • * a favorite hat
  • * a relative with a special "ability" or unique job
  • * a song in another language.
  • * a computer print out
  • * a favorite DVD/Movie/computer game
  • * small pets
  • * a drawing
  • * an old old item
  • * items that start with the first letter of your child's name
  • * sensory gloves- fill rubber gloves with different materials
  • * a healthy snack
  • * a lego project
  • * a favorite collection - shells, rocks, coins, stamps
  • * a baby object
  • * an outdoor object - leaf, twig, feather, stones
  • * objects with alphabet "A" or "B"..... and so on
  • * a special blanket, pillow cover...etc


  • Season
  • Color
  • Transportation
  • Country
  • Culture
  • Shapes
  • Texture
  • Weights
  • Size
  • Height / Length
  • Holidays


  • Speech development. Show and tell provides an opportunity to us language, conceptual thinking and story telling skills that will then develop into effective communication.

  • Emotional Development. Having an opportunity to share a part of the child's life - his interest, his home life, his family, his joys and struggles, help to foster his emotional self.

  • Listening Skill. Other kids are placed in a structure where they learn to be respectful as they are guided with proper manners when someone is speaking.

  • Leadership. From choosing the item, to talking in the front, to using their vocal chords, all contribute to leadership development in decision making, leading and commanding attention.

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