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As part of our All About Me theme, we spent a little bit of time working on learning the parts of the body. More specifically, the head shoulders knees and toes.
Since Nicholas is only 3, we didn’t go too far in depth, but that didn’t stop us from squeezing quite a bit of learning into what we did cover.
In fact, one of the things that we learned is that learning, even just the basics, is a lot more fun when you put it to music.
Yep, that’s right! The age old song, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, that you’ve probably heard a hundred times (if you have small children, you’ve probably sung it a few hundred more).
Both of my kids love music and you can usually find them dancing along with just about anything so I knew that this would probably be a big hit. Turns out, you can dance to some music, practice fine motor skills, color with some crayons, and work on some early math all at the same time :)
To start, we watched the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes video by Super Simple Songs. Well, if we’re being honest, we watched it about 10 times and I will probably see it in my sleep but Nicholas really seemed to enjoy it and had a lot of fun following along.
After we had the song down, we moved on to the fun part.
With our Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes printable (which you can grab at the bottom of the post), we found all of the body parts mentioned in the song and started coloring.
Once you’ve got your little guy (or gal) all colored, break out the scissors!
I’ve been trying to incorporate more structured fine motor skill activities into our days since that is one area that Nicholas seems to struggle with and the progress he has made really is amazing. We’ve still got a bit of work to do to get him caught up in that area but we’re definitely getting there!
Have your child cut along the dotted lines. This is where our fine motor practice is really coming into play.
Once all of our pieces were cut, we mixed them up and used some problem-solving skills to solve the puzzle and put them back into the correct order.
Finally, because Nicholas wanted to hear the song (again), we watched the video while pointing to the correct pieces as the corresponding body parts were named in the song.
So even though this song will probably now be on an endless loop through my brain, we managed to practice quite a few skills all within a single fun activity. Not too bad for an afternoon.
Ready to give it a try? Grab the printable! We’ve got both the little guys and the little gals covered :)