Toddlers have a lot to learn. They have to learn a new language, walking, and how to treat other people, among other things. Although they have a lot to learn, it doesn’t have to be a chore. Toddlers can enjoy learning their body parts.
Toddlers like to get involved in songs that involve motion. Toddlers usually can’t sing along with you, but they like to get involved in the motions. One of the songs that my son likes is about a bumblebee, sung to the tune of Jingle Bells:
Bumblebee, bumblebee, landing on my nose
Bumblebee, bumblebee, now he’s on my toes
On my arm, on my knee, and on my elbow
Bumblebee, bumblebee, he lands and then he goes!
The toddlers at our local library sing that every week. They all get little yellow pompoms that they call their “bumblebees” that they move to their different body parts as they sing about them. At the end of the song they throw their bumblebees up in the air.
Another song that is popular with toddlers that teach body parts is “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. Children have a lot of fun trying to do the motions to the song at “turbo speed”. “If You’re Happy And You Know It” can teach children to clap their hands.
The first few times they see these new songs, toddlers probably won’t know what to do. After they have seen the songs performed a few times, they will probably be able to do the motions along with you.
Toddlers love to please authority figures, at least when they feel like it. They love to show you how smart they are. Ask them “where’s your nose?” and they’re likely to want to show you what they know. Just be sure to keep it fun. Praise them when they get it right. You can ask them to show where your body parts are too. “Where’s Mommy’s cheeks?” Your child will enjoy the close interaction with you. If they get tired of the game, however, don’t push them. Ask them another time.
You can teach toddlers about their body parts just by interacting with them. When you give them a bath, let them know what you’re washing. “We’re washing behind your ears now!” When you are dressing them, let them know what you’re doing. “Let’s put your arms in your sleeves. Now give me your feet, I’m going to put your socks on.”
Toddlers can enjoy learning about body parts. They love songs and games, and they love attention from their caregivers. If you take a little time to intentionally teach them about their body parts, they will learn them in no time.