THE PARTS OF ME!
The Body as a Work of Art
Arrange a trip to see various art representations of bodies. Prepare children
to look at the many ways bodies are represented and displayed. Ask open-
ended questions to encourage observation and discussion. Encourage children to
compare the various representations in terms of size, materials, realness, and so
on. Let children sketch or take pictures of what they see. Consider the following
locations for visits: an art shop or museum with sculptures, photographs, draw-
ings, and paintings; an art class with works in progress; a lawn and garden store
with statues, water fountains, and plaques; a clothing store with mannequins; a
doll store; a gift store with figurines; a dance studio or recital hall; a garden to see
scarecrows; and a public park with monuments or statues.
paper, pencils, and a camera
Give a doll to each child. Ask children another, and encourage them to be
accepting of differences.
how the dolls’ body parts are like
their own body parts. Ask how the
dolls’ body parts are different from
Play “Just an Old Jalopy” by the
their own body parts.
Cat’s Pajamas. Visit a car garage or
auto-body shop, and talk about the
Give a stuffed animal to each child.
various car bodies and parts. Ask an
Ask children how the stuffed animals’
employee to tell children the names
body parts are like their own body
of a car’s body parts and to show
parts. Ask how the stuffed animals’
them the tools used to keep the car’s
body parts are different from their
parts running smoothly.
own body parts. Then ask children to
compare their fingers to the fingers of
Visit a museum, medical facility, or
another child. Let children compare
other location to see skeletons and
other visible body parts with one
bones. Talk briefly about the parts of
the body they cannot see.