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PARTS OF THE BODY

FUN BODY ART
Try one or more of the following activities with your group.
Trace around each child's body on large paper. Let the child add details with paint or markers.
· Invite your children to glue facial features cut from magazine pictures on paper plates to create faces. Provide yarn for hair.
· Help the children trace around their hands and feet. Let them add colorful nails, rings, or other decorations.

 
SIMON SAYS
Play a game of Simon Says with your children. Give directions that involve parts of the body such as, "Touch your nose; Bend your knees; Tap your toe; Wave your hand." End the game by letting each child have a turn giving a direction.

HOW DOES OUR BODY WORK?

Ask questions that encourage your children to explore how parts of their bodies work.
Here are some suggestions.
What are some things you can do with your fingers? With your toes?
What parts of your body can you touch with your elbow? With your chin?
What parts of your body bend? What parts don't bend?
What parts of your body can you use to lift something? To paint a picture? To bounce a ball?
 
BANDAGE THE BEAR
Set out a teddy bear along with strips of gauze or white cloth. Give your children directions for using the strips to bandage different parts of the bear's body. Or let the children give you directions for bandaging the bear.
 

BODY MIRRORS
Invite your children to choose partners and stand facing each other. Have one partner be the "mirror partner." As the other partner follows directions you give for moving different parts of the body, have the "mirror partner" copy the movements exactly. Then let the partners trade places and follow another set of directions that you give.