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Teaching kids about body parts can be an exciting time of learning and discovery. Kids are so curious about everything around them, especially their bodies. What are these things that let me pick things up? Oh! These are called hands!
It can be tricky sometimes to come up with fun and unique ways of teaching all of these things to our young kids. They are very curious about things, but they also like to be entertained. The lecture style of learning is just not for them. =) But oh the learning that can happen when a young mind is ready!
This should make your day just a little bit better…fun ideas about how to teach your kids about body parts. Mom for the win!
1. Singing Songs
- Head Shoulders Knees and Toes- my daughter LOVES this one! For the longest time she would recognize the song, scramble to her feet, and start touching her toes. *haha*
She’s learned more of the song now and recognizes all of the body parts. It’s a lot of fun!
- If You’re Happy and You Know It. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap clap* If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap clap* If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap clap*
Sing this fun song while following the directions. A few other variations to try stomp your feet, pat your head, tap your toes, honk your nose. Etc.
- You can change the words to a familiar tune, like this one- “This is the way we touch our knees, touch our knees, touch our knees, this is the way we touch our knees so early in the morning.” Switch out the body part and sing on! Arms, legs, nose, ears, etc.
2, Nursery Rhyme Time
Does your child have a favorite nursery rhyme? Use it to teach body parts!
A few ideas to get you started:
- Five Little Monkeys- Five little fingers waving in the air, five little toes bouncing on the floor, etc.
- The Wheels On The Bus- this one happens to be my daughter’s FAVORITE song. She asks for it all the time by rolling her arms together like the ‘wheels’ on the bus. This could be a fun one to use for learning about body parts. For example, “The nose on my face goes sniff, sniff, sniff…..” (Tapping your own nose as you sing.)
- Mary Had A Little Lamb- You can easily insert your child’s name into the song and talk about a specific body part. “Susie had a little hand, little hand, little hand. Susie had a little hand it’s fingers wiggling so.”
Nursery Rhymes can be a fun way to help your child learn to read as well!
3. Quiz Away
You can do this anytime! Just start asking your little one to point to a body part. A few that we started out with were: eyes, ears, mouth, nose, hair, belly, and toes. We’ve now added things like; hands, elbows, arms, legs, bum, neck, shoulders, knees. We have done this in the kitchen while preparing food, while playing in the front room, driving in the car, and even at the store!
As your little one gets better at identifying their body parts, mix things up a bit. Start asking them things like “Can you point to the things that help you see?” “Point to the thing that helps you smell.” You can chime in, of course, if they get stuck.
Whenever you have a moment, quiz away!
4. Point to Pictures
We have a few books that teach about body parts. We like to pull them out and I ask my toddler to point to each body part on the child in the picture. It is also a great time to talk about different eye colors, hair color, boy or girl, etc. We have also used books with pictures of animals to point out and identify different body parts. Good times!
A couple fun books we have used:
My 2 in 1 Picture Dictionary by Sarah Phillips
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin and Eric Carle
5. I found Mommy’s (or Daddy’s, Grandma’s, etc) Nose!
It is super fun to point to your own nose, mouth, etc but mix it up now and then and let your kiddo point out your body parts! “Where’s mommy’s nose?” It seems to encourage an additional fit of giggling when they get to point out your nose, toes, etc.
6. Release the Inner Artist
Does your kiddo enjoy drawing pictures? Maybe their own versions of animals or monsters? Use this skill!
You can use 2 dice for this activity. One regular dice with numbers around the sides and another dice with body parts written or drawn on the sides. Have your child roll both dice and draw a picture including that number of body parts. For example, they may roll a 3 and ears. They could then draw a picture of an animal with 3 ears.
7. Tracing Galore
Grab a piece of paper and trace your child’s hand or foot. Use the drawing of their body to practice identifying hands, fingers, thumb, toes, etc. Add to the fun and let them decorate their hands/feet. As a bonus, hang the tracing of their hand on the wall in their room, the kitchen, or near a door where they could give it a ‘high five’ each time they walk by. We can all use a little ‘pick me up’ throughout the day!
8. Use Movement Activities
I’m going to guess your kids have just a bit of energy;) If they are anything like mine, they have TONS of energy! I don’t know here it all comes from, but most kids can go and go and go and go. Channel this energy!
- Try a game like Simon Says to practice naming the body parts. “Simon says touch your toes.” Switch off being Simon and let your kiddo lead out.
- You can also try a simplified version of The Hokey Pokey. Singing and acting out “put your foot in, put your foot out, put your foot in, and shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about.” You can complicate things with left and right later on.;)
9. Following Symbols
Print off a few pictures that show an action. A person waving, clapping hands, hopping up and down on one foot, putting a hand on their head, etc. Go through the pictures together and copy the actions. Say out loud what you are doing to reinforce hearing the names of the body parts. “We are now clapping our hands!” “Let’s hop up and down on one foot.”
10. Poster Size It
Print out a picture of a child’s body like this one. Feel free to find something bigger and glue it onto a poster. You can then ask your child to label each of the body parts. A cut-and-paste type of format could be fun for kids who aren’t old enough/comfortable writing out each of the words. You could also print the words out and just let your kids tape them onto the picture.
11. Brains In Motion
Get those minds racing! If your kids are old enough to read, write down a sentence or two describing a body part. “It is in the middle of your leg.” They can then hurry to write the answer down. This could be a fun activity to do with siblings or friends! If your child doesn’t read yet, just say the description out loud and have them shout the answer while pointing to the body part that was described.
Well, There You Have It!
As you can see, there are so many fun ways to teach the body parts! Having the opportunity to teach and be with children can be so much fun. They learn at incredibly fast rates and are like little sponges, soaking everything in. After trying a few of these activities over several weeks and months your kiddo should be well on his/her way to knowing and identifying their body parts. Remember to have fun along the way!