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My Body

*The Eyes

My eyes are the same as....

Fold construction paper into 4 sections (horizontal fold). On the first section write "My (pic of eyes) are the same color as....

Have children look in a mirror and tell what color their eyes are. Then on the first section of the page the child can draw his/her eyes and color them.

The next 3 fold sections the child draws a picture of something that is the same color as his/her eyes. The adult labels each picture with what the child says it is. (ex: brown eyes. pic of a tree, a cat,... blue eyes: a picture of the sky, a lake,...)

My Eye

Posterboard cut in a eye shape. Give children mirrors to look at their eyes. Child draws a circle in the middle of the eye pattern. Color the center of the circle a black circle. Then color the large circle the color of your eyes.

Give child a choice of brown or black construction paper to cut strips to paste onto the top and bottom of the eye pattern for eye lashes.

*Feet

Foot Book

Paint the childrens' feet and create your own Foot Book.

Foot Puppet

Have children stand on a piece of construction paper. Trace around the child's foot and then cut out the shape. Staple a tongue depressor or craft stick to the heel of the foot for a handle. Let the children draw faces onto their foot puppets.

Sand Table

Add shoes to the sand table. Children can make prints in the sand wearing the shoes on their hands.

Games

Use Your Toes
Need: soft balls (lots of balls-soft balls can be made from socks), clothes basket

In the middle of a circle place small soft items on the floor. Place a clothes basket in the center of the circle. Have children remove their shoes and socks. While seated the children move and pick up the items with their feet and place them in the basket.

Left and Right
Need: stickers

Place a sticker on the toe of each child's right shoe.
Discuss "left" and "right". Play a movement games of follow the directions--stand on right foot, kick you left foot up high, touch left elbow...start with movements using the feet then movements using the arms.

Play Twister

Dr Seuss Sick Feet color page.

*Skin

Skin accounts for about 15% of a persons body weight. The skin weight of a preschooler would be about 5 to 6 pounds. Place items in a bag until the bag weighs ug weighs 5 to 6 pounds (can place oranges or potatoes in a bag). Have children hold the bag to get an idea of how much their skin weighs.

Our skin is flexible (bend elbows). Our skin is waterproof (place a drop of water on the top of each child's hand).

*My Body

*Fingerplays/Songs

Head to Toe

Wiggle fast; then wiggle slow.
Let's learn about the body-from head to toe!

My Body
tune: Where is Thumbkin

This is my body.
This is my body.
It's the only one I've got.
It's the only one I've got.
I'm going to take good care of it.
I'm going to take good care of it.
Yes I am. Yes I am.

It's Me Again!

Here are my ears
Here are my ears.
Here is my nose.
Here are my fingers.
Here are my toes.
Here are my eyes,
Both open wide.
Here is my mouth
With white teeth inside.
Here is my tongue
That helps me speak.
Here is my chin,
And here are my cheeks.
Here are my hands
That help my play.
Here are my feet
For walking today.

Touch Your Nose

Touch your nose,
Touch your chin;
That's the way this game begins.
Touch you eyes,
Touch your knees;
Now pretend you're going to sneeze.
Touch your hair,
Touch one ear;
Touch your two red lips right here,
Touch your elbows
Where they bend;
That's the way this touch game ends.

*Art

Paper Plate Meals

Magazines for the children to cut food pictures from the food groups shold be provided. The pictures can be pasted on a paper plate to represent a balanced meal.

Handy Book

On a piece of folded constuction paper trace a child's hand. Cut out the hand, leaving the fold uncut. You end up with a hand-shaped booklet that will open up.
Place small amounts of paint in shallow containers. Let the children decorate their hand books by doting their thumb or fingers with paint making thumb prints or finger prints.
Print each child's name on the outside of the book.

Body Tracing

Have each child to lie on a large piece of paper. Trace the child's body and let each child decorate his/her tracing.

Mirror
Print the page and have children draw a picture of themselves in the mirror.

*Literacy

Body Book
Need: magazines and standard writing paper

Direct the children to find and cut out pictures of a specific body part from magazines. Select a different body part each day. Glue pictures to a sheet of paper, using one page for eyes, one page for mouths, one page for hands, and so on. Let the children write or dictate captions for the pages. Conclude the book with a few pages of whole bodies.

*Learning Centers

Sensory Table

Add shampoo or dish detergent to the sensory table.

Doctors' Office

In an area set up a Doctor's Office. Display a "Doctors' Office" sign. Provide dress-up props such as white jackets, doctor bags and stethoscopes. Set out pads of pretend prescription forms along with brochures outlining good health habits (eating proper foods, brushing teeth, getting lots of exercise, etc.). Let the children take turns being doctors. Have them "write" prescriptions and discuss the good-health brochures with their patients.

Health Club

Mats, fake weights (can be made from large tinker toys), and music to represent a health club can be placed in the dramatic play area.

Restaurant

Tables, tablecloths, menus, and writing tablets for taking orders can be placed in the dramatic play area. Paste pictures of food on the menus. A sign for the area could be "Eating for Health."

*Group

Counting Body Parts:

Have the children find different parts of their body. As a group, count how many of each part you have. For example, a child might say "fingernails". All of the group will find their fingernails and count them

Body Part Riddles

Say riddles to the children such as, "I'm thinking of the body part that you put your socks and shoes over. What is it?" or "It's on your face. You use it to eat and talk with. What is it?"

Watch Carefully

Have a child come to the front of the circle. Have him/her stand still. Then whisper a body part to him/her. All of the children should watch carefully. S/he briefly moves that part and then stands quietly again. The children call out which body part s/he moved.

*Cooking

Fruit Tree Salad
Need: lettuce, pineapple slices, bananas, fruit cocktail.

On a plate place a lettuce leaf. On the center of the lettuce, place a pineapple slice. In the hole of the pineapple, place half a peeled banana. Drain 1 small can of fruit cocktail. Spoon the fruit over the banana.

Thumb Print Cookings
Need: 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2/3 cup oil, 4-5 Tablespoons water

Put all of the ingredients into a bowl. Mix with your hands or a fork. Roll the dough into small balls.
Have children press their thumbs into the center of each ball.
Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes. Let cool and then fill with jam or peanut butter.

Animal and Skeletal cards

Animal Cards and Skeleton Card

Match the animal card to the animal skeleton card. Make books or use in learning center.

(9 animals 18 cards)

 

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