Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Body

November 9-15: The Body

Suggested Books:

Parts by Tedd Arnold
My First Body Board Book by DK Publishing Staff
Toes, Ears, Nose by Marion Dane Bauer
Here are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Mimi's Toes by Julie Aigner-Clark
Wiggle Your Toes by Karen Katz
Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes: A First Book All About You by Judy Hindley
Is This My Nose? by Georgie Birkett
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkin


Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Materials: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins (or other book about body parts), drum (if you do not have a drum use a plastic bowl or container)
Description: Read Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb to your little one. Talk about their hands, fingers, and thumbs. Have your child show you their hands, fingers, and thumbs. Have your child take turns using hands, fingers, and thumbs to hit the drum (or plastic container).
Extension: You can extend this activity by asking your child to use different body parts to hit the drum. For example; ask your toddler to hit the drum using their foot, elbow or nose.

Mirror Mirror:
Materials: a mirror
Description: Have your child stand in front of a mirror. Ask them to point to different body parts in their reflection. You can also stand in front of the mirror and they can point to your reflection as well.

Cookie Face:
Materials: Cookie (the larger the cookie, the easier this will be for your child), chocolate chips, twizzlers, M&Ms (or any other kind of candy for decorating a face), icing
Description: Spread icing over the entire cookie. Talk to your child about their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Allow your child to place chocolate chips, twizzlers, M&Ms (etc) on the cookie to create a face.
You can also do a healthier version of this activitiy by using a whole grain waffle covered with yogurt. To create the face, use raisins, banana slices, and cheerios.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes:
Description: Sing the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" with your child as they point to the various body parts. You can start off with an easy version of this song, using simple body parts such as head, belly, back, and feet.

Shape Face:
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Cut out a large circle (for the face) and several other smallers shapes (for example: cut squares for the eyes, a triangle for the nose, a rectangle for the mouth, and circles for the ears). Talk about your child's ears, eyes, nose, and mouth. Have your child point to these body parts. Show your toddler the shapes and talk about the names and colors of each one. Allow your toddler to create a face using the different shapes. You can glue the shapes together or keep them seperate to play over and over throughout the week.

Stickers, Stickers:
Materials: several stickers
Description: You and your child will be "stuck" playing this game over and over! Ask your child to point to a specific body part. When they get it correct, put a sticker on that body part. Play over and over until your child is covered with stickers! Once your toddler gets the hang of this game, allow them to place the stickers on the body parts that you say.

Hand Prints Foot Prints:
Materials: fingerpaints, paper
Description: Talk to your toddler about their hands and feet. Ask your toddler to show you their hands and feet. Place their hand into fingerpaint and make a hand print on a piece of paper. Repeat activity with your child's feet. Count their fingers and toes using the prints. You could then make elbow prints, knee prints, finger prints, toe prints, heel prints etc.
Extention: On homemade greeting cards, make one hand print on each card. With a marker or crayon draw turkey features onto the hand prints and send these cards to family and friends for Thanksgiving greetings.

Hokey Pokey:
Description: Play The Hokey Pokey with your child:
Put your left foot in
Take your left foot out
Put your left foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey,
And you turn yourself around,
And that's what its all about.
(Clap, Clap)

Replace Left Foot with right foot, left hand, right hand, left leg, right leg, left arm, right arm, head, nose, back, belly etc.
*If your child is not ready for right and left you can sing one hand, other hand.

Toddler Size:
Materials: marker or crayon, a piece of paper as large as your child (you can use wax paper. I also found a large roll of paper in the dollar spot of Target, which would work great)
Description: Have your child lay on the piece of paper, face up. Explain to them that you are going to trace their body. Begin at the head and start tracing around their body with a marker or crayon. As you trace each body part, ask your toddler what that body part is. When you are finished, have them point to various body parts on the drawing. You and your toddler can add detailed to their traced body using crayons and markers. (For example: add eyes, nose, ears, mouth, hair, clothes, fingernails etc.)

Dress Yourself:
Materials: a pair of your child's pants, shirt, socks, hat, gloves
Description: Place all of your child's clothes into a basket (or pile). Have your child pick a piece of clothing. Ask your child what it is and where does it go? (They should name the body part. For example, socks go on your feet). If your child is ready, have them put the clothes on the correct body parts.

Songs and Fingerplays:

Take Your Little Hands
(Sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus)
Take your little hands
and go clap, clap,clap
Take your little hands
and go clap,clap,clap.
Clap your little hands.

Take your little feet
and go tap,tap,tap.
Tap, tap, tap,
Tap, tap, tap.
Tap your little feet
and go tap tap tap.
Tap your little feet.

Take your little lips
and go kiss, kiss, kiss.
Kiss,kiss kiss.
Kiss, kiss, kiss.
Take your little lips
and go kiss, kiss, kiss.
Kiss your mom and dad.

Take your little arms
and go hug, hug, hug.
Hug, hug, hug.
hug hug, hug.
Take your little arms
and go hug, hug, hug,
Hug all your friends.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes:
Heae, shoulders, knees, and toes,
knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
knees and toes.
Eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose,
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
Knees and toes.

Repeat using different body parts (for example: head, belly, back, and feet)

If You're Happy and You Know It:
If your're happy and you know it
clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it
clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it,
then your face will really show it.
If you're happy and you know it
clap your hands.

replace "Clap your hands" with:
stomp your feet
wave your arms
bend your elbow
bend your knee
nod your head
wiggle your nose

I have a little body (point to self)
That belongs to me.
I have two ears to hear with (point to ears)
And two eyes to see (point to eyes).

I have a nose for smelling (point to nose).
And a mouth to eat (point to mouth).
I have two hands to wave
At everyone I meet. (wave hands)

Gingerbread People:
A roll of store bought sugar cookie dough
A human shaped cookie cutter

Roll out the cookie dough and use the human shaped cookie cutter to cut the cookies. Bake according to the packaging label. Let the cookies cool. Spread icing on the cookies. Ask your child to put sprinkles on the head, belly, face, legs, arms, hands and feet. (one at a time). Eat the sprinkled cookies.

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