Show-and-tell has been around since we were kids, and it can be hard to think of original ideas when it’s time for your own children to participate.
However, there are some great show-and-tell options that will make your child excited to share their belongings, memories, or talents with their class.
Items Your Child Values
We all have items we value for our own reasons. When your child chooses an item they value, they will have no trouble talking about its importance to their peers.
- A loved item from childhood, such as a stuffed animal or favorite book
- The clothes they wore home from the hospital
- Awards they have received
- A collection they have invested time to find
- A special card or note from a friend or family member
- A favorite Halloween costume from the past
- A favorite gift
- A gift from a sibling or friend
- An inherited item from a grandparent
- A baby picture
- A scrapbook of memories
- Any item that gives them comfort
Things Meaningful to Your Family
Every family has items that are meaningful to them. Let your child bring one so they can explain its significance to your family. If the item is too valuable, simply have your child bring a picture of it.
- A family photo
- A pet but only if they are allowed at show and tell
- An item from a significant religious event, such as a baptism or confirmation
- Souvenirs from family vacations
- A family tree showing their heritage
- A favorite family movie
- A picture of mom’s wedding dress
- The family crest
- A memory jar
- A family time capsule
- An actual family member
- A favorite holiday decoration
Tell your child to step right outside their door for inspiration from nature. Your child can find a natural wonder easily in his own backyard.
- A special rock
- A walking stick your child chose while in nature
- A beautiful leaf
- Flowers picked while on a nature walk
- A food your child grew in the garden
- Sand in a bottle
- A bird feather
- Water in a bottle from the ocean
- A small branch from a favorite tree
- Snail shells
- Pictures of spider webs or other animal habitats
- Creatures kept from nature walks, bugs or worms
Demonstration of Talents
Material items are not the only options when it comes to show-and-tell. Your child can demonstrate a talent for the class, and this can help her build confidence in her skills.
- Reading a poem they wrote
- Performing a magic trick
- Playing an instrument
- Singing a song
- Performing a dance routine
- Telling a joke or a short comedy act
- Showing and explaining how they drew, painted, or created a piece of art
- Demonstrating how to perform a physical activity, like yoga, jumping jacks, or some other athletic feat
- Sharing a snack they baked
- Demonstrating a science experiment
- Showing off an item of clothing they created
- A plant your child grew in their garden
- A puzzle your child finished
- A completed Rubik’s cube
Things From Around the World
If your family travels, your child has a ton of options for show and tell. Almost anything picked up from another destination makes a great item to talk about with a class.
- A shell from a beach
- A ticket stub from an event attended
- Pictures of your child at a favorite destination
- A souvenir bought on the trip
- A tiny replica of a state or country’s flag
- An item of clothing bought while on a trip
- Plane ticket
- Concert ticket
- An autograph from a famous person
- A book bought from another country
- A game from another country
- An item made while traveling
Crafts & Special Projects
Your child may have crafts or projects that are small enough to bring to show-and-tell.
If not, don’t hesitate to let your child bring pictures of meaningful items they have created on their own or helped with around the house.
- A garden your child helped plant
- A room your child helped paint
- A birdhouse your child built
- A sweater or other item your child crocheted or knitted
- Bracelets your child made from beads
- Perler bead creations
- Modeling clay creations
- A painting or drawing your child made
- Comic book creations and stories your child made on their own
- A sock puppet your child created
- Cards your child made on their own
- Handmade bookmarks
- Gifts made for family members
When your child finds something they truly care about to share for show-and-tell, the sharing part will come easily. They will be able to talk confidently about an item they are passionate about sharing.
Kristy is the mother of four, including identical twins. With a background in education and research, she is constantly learning more about parenting and raising multiples. When she has spare time, she enjoys hiking into the woods with a great book to take a break.