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Our Bodies

Through play, children will gain a better understanding of different body parts.

Children will be sharing together what their bodies can do!

This a great activity to share with children the amazing things our bodies can do.  Here educators will demonstrate and describe different body parts, while raising questions to the children of what each body part can do. For children who are not able to speak just yet, working with them and focusing on naming body parts and imitating movements will work just great!

Materials

For this developmental activity you will need:

Inclusive body cut outs (use of different hair colors, eye colors etc) Various toys that can demonstrate body parts

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognitive

Skills

Observation and Inquiry, Physical Science Curiosity, Initiative, and Risk-Taking, Self-Awareness and Self-Concept

Indicators:

While playing with various toys, talk about what body parts are being used.

Instructions

Step 1:

Stand in front of children and describe your features- height, hair color, the color of shirt you are wearing, etc. Say at least two things your body can do, such as "My body can jump high and walk very fast." What are the parts of your body that help you run? Can children point to their legs? How many legs do we have? Have children count aloud, "One, two."

Step 2:

Have children explore what their bodies can do. Have children take turns standing up and saying things their bodies can do. 

Step 3:

Bring out toys and cut outs out. As children play, join and describe how different body parts help with their play.

Activity Author

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

Play to Grow is an online platform that provides virtual learning experiences for children in their early years. Our mission at Play to Grow is not only to offer unique educational opportunities but more importantly to keep little minds active, engaged, and excited to learn while promoting social and emotional development in lieu of traditional learning.

Playful Questions

Man and woman holding two big question marks

Can you show me what your X can do?

What body parts do we use to sit and stand?

What body parts do we use to draw or paint?

What body part do we use to wave hello?

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