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My Body

This is a great way for children to build body awareness, understanding of names, and learn different shapes.

Materials

For this developmental activity you will need:

Puppet or paper children

Jar lids or paper circles

Books with images of the body

Consideration: If you do not have access to fabric puppets you can print and make paper options and glue them onto a stick.

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognitive

Skills

Receptive Language and Expressive Language

Indicators:

Body awareness, names, and shapes.

Instructions

Step 1:

Review the circle shape and body parts with the help of your puppets.

Step 2: 

Offer each child a jar lid or a paper circle and briefly review the circle shape.

Step 3:

Have the puppets sing the song ‘My Body’ and have them name different body parts. 

Step 4: 

As the puppet names each part, place a circle on its body to show the location. Encourage the children to imitate.

‘My Body’ song

You will use the song "If You're Happy and You Know It".

Put a circle on your (nose), on your (nose).

Put a circle on your (nose), on your (nose).

Oh, you have a (nose), it's true.

Other people have one too.

Put a circle on your (nose), on your (nose).

*Repeat by naming other body parts.

For older toddlers: Look at pictures of children in books together. Name body parts for the children to find, or ask them to name parts that you point to.

Activity Author

Photo of Dianna McGregor + Stephanie-Rachel Gomes
Dianna McGregor + Stephanie-Rachel Gomes| Early Childhood Educators

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Playful Questions

How many parts of the body can you name?

Can you wiggle your arms?

Can you wiggle your legs?

Can you wiggle your feet?

Which part of the body do you put on pants?

Which part of the body do you put on a shirt?

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