As adults, it is entirely second nature for us to look at
and automatically label parts of the body that we see, as we have been
controlling our own already for years. But for your toddler, feeling and naming
each piece of them is an exciting and new endeavor that you can easily
transform into a few fun learning activities.
If your little one is just recently learning about the human
body, try some of these learning activities and toddler games to help change
the way they see themselves:
1. The Hokie Pokie
This tried-and-true favorite may seem a bit dated, but it is
truly one of the best learning activities that teaches the basics of the human
body. Set to a simple tune, toddlers must put their arms, feet, and even head
forward and dance around. This is also a perfect game for toddlers to teach the
difference between left and right.
2. Body Pictures in a
To help facilitate your toddler’s understanding of their
body, take individual pictures of their mouth, ears, nose, eyes, hair, and
anything else that you would like. Once you have negatives (or digital copies),
print the photos, label the body part with a marker, and place them in a photo
album. Give the album to your toddler, and let them peruse through the pages,
seeing their own reflection and learning about the body with this game for
3. Simon Says
This is another easy toddler game that requires your child
to know the body parts beforehand. You can say things such as, “Simon Says:
point to your (insert body part),” and work on this each day so that your
toddler remembers the parts of the body.
4. What Does This Do?
As your toddler grows, they will begin to understand the
five different senses through all of their experiences. And while this is
happening, you can use this fun learning activity to give them an understanding
of their body.
Point to your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth, and ask your child
what that part is for. If they answer correctly, then ask them what the part is
called. Teaching your child to pair up separate body parts with their
individual functions will quickly help them remember.
5. Draw a Body
This learning activity adds arts and crafts fun into the
mix. Have your child draw a small picture of a person, and once they have completed
the work, sit down with them to help them label the parts of the body.
Or, for a different toddler game, have your little one trace
their hands or feet, and teach them smaller parts by labeling things such as
“pinky finger” and “big toe.”
6. Use a Mirror
Children love to see themselves in a mirror, and using one
in a learning activity can help facilitate the process. Head to the bathroom, stand
behind your child, and stare at your reflections in the mirror. Point to
specific spots on your child, and tell them the specific names of the body. Your
toddler will be able to see it happening on themselves, and this toddler game
will help them commit it to memory more easily.
Learn the Body with
For any toddler, each day is an exciting new chance to learn
about the different parts of the body. And with a few of these toddler games
and learning activities, you can help your little one understand the body as
you explore the world together!