Teaching Body Parts

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Babies & toddlers learn from everything we do.  Have fun teaching your child with silly games, rhymes and songs during daily routines like diaper changing and bath time.

Start with easy Imitation Games.  If you stick your tongue out at your baby or toddler, does she stick her tongue out back?  If so, try making funny faces, blinking very quickly or blowing up your cheeks.  If your child imitates your actions, shower her with praise.  Children who are able to imitate learn to form speech sounds more quickly. 

Play a simple Body Parts Game. Lie your baby or toddler on a soft surface.  Lean over him and play a game of Kiss the toes, Kiss the nose.  Follow up with “Mommy has a nose, Baby has a nose” as you first touch your nose and then baby’s.  Repeat for other body parts such as mouth, hands, head, and toes.

As your child gets older, you can sing the “Hokey Pokey” as you dress your toddler.  Let them put their hands, feet and head “in and out” and “shake it all about”.  The rhyme “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” is another good one for teaching body parts.

Another idea is to make a Body Part Photo Book.  Take a photo of each of your child’s body parts (eyes, ears, nose, belly button, mouth, arms, legs, fingers, toes) and put them in a book.  Your child will  enjoy looking at the parts of his body and learning about each one.

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