Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Teaching Toddlers Thursday- Body Parts

Sorry for not having this up last week but I had some sick kids and just couldn't get to it, but now the kids are feeling much better so here it goes!  This week's toddler curriculum was about body parts including hands, feet, faces, arms, and legs. Toddlers love anything about themselves so focusing on their body was easy!

Songs we sang:
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Patty-cake
Hokie-Pokie
If You're Happy and You Know It

Books we read:
Fuzzy Bear Gets Dressed by Piggy Toes Press
First Body by Paradise Press
Toes are to Tickle by Shen Roddie and Kady MacDonald Denton
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (gets the kids moving)

This week was a long week because it rained every day.  It was impossible to go outside and the kids were not very interested in doing many crafts because they were going stir crazy!  We focused a lot on doing different things inside and working on their motor skills.

We had multiple dance parties while pointing out different body parts that they were moving.  The songs we sang helped us focus on moving and understanding what parts they are supposed to be moving!


We focused on hands, feet, faces, arms, and legs.  We did a handprint wreath that I love so much it is hanging on my front door!

We did a few halloween crafts including easy pumpkin sun-catchers and spooky footprints.  The pumpkin helped with their fine motor skills and the footprints used their feet!



We played with paint in baggies that I taped to the table.  This was a short lived activity, but Z enjoyed it!



Going stir crazy in the house without any running around, I built an indoor toddler obstacle course.  I lined up pillows and toys and they loved crawling and climbing through it.  

It was an inventive week for all of us and I hope you stop by next week because we are starting the alphabet with a new letter each day!

2 comments:

  1. Looks like you are having a lot of fun!

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  2. I like the idea of the handprint wreath to teach body parts. It doubles beautifully as a Thanksgiving decoration too, depending on the paper colors. Thanks so much for the inspiration at the mommy mixer this week. Pinning.

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