50 Show-and-Tell Ideas

*Updated in 2024.

Young girl wearing a hijab stands at the front of her classroom showing a project to her classmates.

Show and tell is an interactive and fun way for kids to showcase something unique about themselves. It teaches them about public speaking, and it allows them to share something new with their friends. This list provides a few ideas for different items, persons, memories, activities, or concepts your child can use for the next show and tell. 

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Items from Nature

1. A plant that your child takes care of

2. A really big or interesting rock 

3. Flowers from your garden

4. Seeds that your child can plant with classmates

Travel Souvenirs

5. A flag from another country

6. A sand dollar or seashell

7. Ticket stub from an important event or flight

8. A favorite trinket from a trip

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Children enjoy planting flowers and seeing things grow.

Unique to Your Child

9. A costume worn for Halloween or in a performance

10. A letter to Santa

11. A painting or sculpture your child created

12. Some of your child’s baby clothes

13. A silly or favorite hat

14. A favorite pair of shoes

15. A collection of items (coins, baseball cars, troll dolls, cars, rocks, etc.)

16. A unique coin (silver dollar, foreign coin, a coin from your child’s birth year)

17. A photo of your child with a prominent figure or celebrity

18. Something that explains your child’s name

19. Something that showcases your child’s favorite number or color

20. Your child’s favorite birthday gift

21. Your child’s journal 

22. A trophy or medal from an event important to your child

23. The nightlight that helps make your child feel safe at night

24. Your child’s favorite stuffed animal or blanket

25. A yearbook 

26. An old report card

27. The hospital bracelet from your child’s birth

28. Your child’s invisible friend

29. A jewelry box 

30. Your child’s piggy bank

A little boy shows his dinosaur to this classmates for show and tell.

Special to Your Family

31. A family member or a photo of a family member

32. A special family heirloom

33. A pet or a photo of a pet

34. A favorite family photo

35. Your family crest 

36. A family-favorite recipe

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Items from Hobbies and Pastimes

37. A magic trick

38. A marble run maze

39. A science project

40. A puzzle your child completed or plans to complete

41. A treasure map or treasure hunt activity

42. A building block creation

43. An instrument your child plays or a photo of an instrument

44. Ballet or tap shoes

45. Your child’s favorite board game

46. A baseball bat, tennis racquet, or other important piece of sports equipment

47. Your child’s bike or scooter

48. A dance or series of dance moves your child can teach

49. A favorite movie

50. A favorite book to read to the classroom

What was your favorite show-and-tell experience as a child? Any other ideas to share? 

Liz
As a native Fort Worthian, Elizabeth loves Fort Worth. She and her husband, Will, have two children who are absolute gems. She is a research analyst at Tarrant County College – access to education is a passion of hers. When not working or playing with her kids, she is running. Elizabeth competed in the 2016 and 2020 marathon Olympic trials, she and her children held the 10K double stroller Guinness World record for a hot second, and she has won each Cowtown Marathon distance -- 5K to 50K. Liz is also the hospitality coordinator for Fort Worth Moms.

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