Sing this "Parts of the Face" song to introduce body parts
Since infants cannot see far distances until they are a little older, teachers and parents stay up close to their faces so they can see clearly. Since your face is one of the main things an infant will see in focus, why not teach them the names of each part of the face from a young age? Once an infant gets close to 12 months old, he/she will start to point to parts of the face when prompted.
Music has been proven to stimulate the brain and enhance retention and learning in children and adults. If you put anything to a familiar tune, it’s easier for children to retain and recall than if you just introduced the words. Pointing to the parts as you sing it helps give a visual to the sounds.
This is a fun way to engage your infant and eventually, when you start to sing the song, your infant will mimic and point to the parts on your face and her face. As they get older, you can add body parts beyond the face!
For this song activity you will need:
Song parts of the face (only for audio)
Cards with pictures of parts of face (ear, eye, nose, mouth)
Optional: Mirror, Mr. Potato Head with face parts, Books that teach about body parts (Where Is My Nose, Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?)
Mirroring adult actions Responding with facial expressions and noises Pointing to parts of face when prompted
You can do this activity anywhere! When you are on a walk or in the rocking chair, or laying on the floor, etc.
Play the “Eyes, Nose, Mouth” song over and over and sing along with it while pointing to the correct parts as the song sings them. The song gets faster and faster, so increase speed of pointing as well.
Point to your own face parts as you sing it, and then point to the child’s face parts the next time. To vary this, hold child’s hand and have them touch their own face parts as you sing the song and then also touch your face parts so they can see that it is the same for all people.
Extend this activity with activity cards (see below) that show face parts as well as reading books and looking in mirrors.
Where is my nose?
Where is my hair?
How many ears do I have?
Where are my cheeks?
How many teeth do you have?