At the beginning of the year we have an orientation day where out new students come with their parents to visit the classroom and meet their teachers. I have them choose a pre-cut shape and ask them to decorate them with pictures that represent themselves. They usually put things like their flag, favorite food, pictures of their family, their favorite toy, etc… The first week of school we have them share their shape with the class and if they want to they can talk about themselves. I hang them up in the hallway for a few weeks and then I use them to decorate the cupboards in our classroom for the rest of the year. They love looking at them throughout the year!