How to teach body parts to preschoolers through games & activities

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How to teach body parts to preschoolers through games & activities
Children learn best when they can actively participate. (playing image by Renata Osinska from

Preschool children are full of curiosity and energy. You cannot expect to teach a preschooler while he sits still and quietly listens to you. The best way to teach students in this age group is to involve them in games and activities. When you teach preschoolers about body parts, you can do so by allowing them to get up, move around and burn some energy. This method of learning will help them to have fun while they gain knowledge about the parts of the body.

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Things you need

  • Butcher paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Recorded music
  • Paper plates
  • Yarn
  • Glue
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles

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  1. 1

    Trace the outline of your students' bodies on large sheets of butcher paper or notice board paper and cut out the outlines. Have the children point to various body parts as you call them out and let the children colour their own cut-out.

  2. 2

    Sing and act out songs such as, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," and "The Hokey Pokey."

  3. 3

    Play a "freeze" game in which the children move around the room as music plays. When you stop the music, call out a body part. The students must touch that body part to the ground in a frozen pose.

  4. 4

    Give your students paper plates, yarn, kid scissors, markers, crayons and glue. Have them decorate the plates to look like their own faces.

  5. 5

    Distribute undecorated gingerbread cookies in the shape of "people" to your students. Given them icing and sprinkles and tell them to draw various body parts onto the gingerbread shapes.

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