10 CHAPTER 1
A DREN’S CTIVITIE
S Tickle My Toes
Play the song “Tickle My Toes” by Justin Roberts. Ask children if they know
what tickle means. Listen to their tickle stories, commenting now and then. Tell
them that when someone is touched softly or tickled, the person may want to
move away, but sometimes tickling may cause the person to smile or laugh.
Using a craft feather, softly tickle your own wrist. Ask children if they want
you to tickle their wrists, and then tickle any volunteers with the feather. Ask
them how it feels. Let children know that you are going to give each of them a
feather. After passing out the feathers, ask them to tickle their own visible body
parts, one at a time, as you name them. Start with the body parts children are
most likely to know, such as finger, toe, face, ear, nose, mouth, arm, leg, foot,
stomach, knee, and elbow. Then add body parts they are less likely to know,
such as wrist, ankle, shin, chest, palm, hip, back, eyebrow, thigh, shoulder,
neck, chin, earlobe, and armpit. If they do not know a body part, tickle yours
to show them. Play the game again, adding new body parts each time. To add
a math element, count the feathers as you distribute and collect them.
lmpe ! Safety Note: Let children know to keep their feathers away from their eyes
when tickling their faces and to tickle only the outside of their ears, noses, and
a recording of “Tickle My Toes” by Justin Roberts, an audio device for playing
music, and one craft feather per child
Play traditional games like Simon
Says and sing traditional songs like
“Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
and the “Hokey Pokey” so children
can practice recognizing body parts.
alpe Help children use their body parts
to make sounds, such as clapping,
snapping, humming, and flapping.
Challenge them to come up with
sounds by asking questions like,
“What sounds can your feet make?”
alpe Play the song “Smart Parts” by Justin
Roberts, and then ask children which
body parts they think are their smart
Read and discuss Me and My Amazing
Body by Joan Sweeney.