Describing Parts of the Body
- To understand that words stand for specific items
- To use naming words
- To build vocabulary
Large sheet of craft paper; crayon or marker
Read any book about the parts of the body.
Sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," or any song that mentions various parts of the body.
- Announce that today the group is going to make a drawing of a person's body to hang up on the wall.
- Spread out the paper on the floor. Select a willing child who is wearing slacks or shorts. Ask the child to lie down on the paper. Ask the other children to gather around.
- As you trace around the child's body, have children tell you what part of the body you are tracing. Examples: head, ears, neck, shoulder, arm, hand, fingers, leg, knee, foot.
- After you complete the outline, have children repeat the names of the body parts aloud. Write the words on the outline.
- Finish up by adding the parts of the face: eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth.
Sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" again, encouraging children to take turns calling out different parts of the body to use in the song.
- Proficient - Child is able to name five or more parts of the body.
- In Process - Child can name only a few major parts of the body.
- Not Yet Ready - Child does not yet identify more than one part of the body.
Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.
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