Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Ask the children to touch their heads, shoulders, knees, and toes as you call out the names
of these parts. Once the children are experiencing success with this, reverse—and mix
up—the order of the body parts.
Extending the Activity: Vary the tempo at which you call out the body parts, or start
out slowly and gradually accelerate (time). Add dramatic pauses—long and short—so the
children are not sure when you will call out a body part (flow). Call out the body parts in a
steady rhythm, perhaps challenging the children to add a clap between each touch.
Observation and Evaluation: Can the child identify the appropriate body parts? Does the
child demonstrate listening skills?
Adding Equipment: Children can touch rhythm sticks, instead of their hands, to the body
parts. If you are calling out the body parts rhythmically, the children can click their sticks
together instead of clapping hands.
Curriculum Connectors: Body-part identification is an important introductory concept
for young children, falling under the theme of “My Body” and the content area of science.
Listening skills are a part of both language arts and music.
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