Tot School: Body Parts

"This little piggy went to market..." is one of Reagan's favorite things.  To count his little toes, & end with a little tickle.  Sweetly rubbing his nose on mine for an "Eskimo kiss".  Choosing from "Mary Had a Little Lamb", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", or "Rudolph" for me to softly sing to him as I gently brush out his curly locks after tubby. These are just some of the ways we are able to introduce parts of his body to him. This week in Tot school, we expanded on that knowledge & the best part? We did it without getting the "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" song stuck in our heads.  


The books we chose to read based on our subject content were:
  1. Sesame Street's Eyes & Nose, Fingers & Toes. This is a wonderful board book, especially for very young children as an introduction to body parts.  We've borrowed this one a few times from the library & enjoy it each time.
  2. Where Is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz. This lift-a-flap book can also be used for smaller children as an introduction.  This is a Story Time staple book at our Thursday library group.
For our extracurricular we went to our local Gymboree Play & Music for open gym time.  45-90 minutes (depending on the day) for children under 5 to come play on the equipment & use their imagination.  If you follow me on social media, you know we have grown incredibly close to our Gymboree family.  Reagan adores his Play & Learn classes & we recently signed him up for music which he's been so excited for. It's really been a wonderful place for him to interact with friends his age, learn through STEAM activities & feed his imagination.  Plus our teachers are so on point when it comes to teaching & their love for little friends. Although any sort of gym or tumbling class, even yoga or simply the playground can be a wonderful basis to start teaching your little on how we use our different body parts to pull, push, balance, & climb.



Our chosen art activities included:

Face Match-Up.  You can find the face printout here.  We decided to color our parts first, then I cut them & Reagan helped use a glue stick to put them in their proper locations.  He did really well on this, & I only had to assist him in not gluing an ear on the wrong way.


We had a good laugh at this Picasso-esque looking face

We also took my roll of brown packaging paper & traced Reagan's silhouette.  I asked him to point to where certain body parts were located & I labeled them after.  Then he went to town coloring in each body part with a different colored crayon.



That's all for this week!  If you follow my Tot-School Pinterest Board (here), you will find our subjects & coordinating activities categorized by week.  I continually add/edit projects as I come across them.  The board is great inspiration if you're looking to teach your child a few new things or if you're simply looking for a fun afternoon project. 

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