Head, Shoulders, Knees . . . 

Toddlers love to explore their bodies. They play with their feet and their fingers. They “beep” noses and dig in their belly button. Why not take this natural curiousity and turn it into a learning experience. 

To play this game, simply ask about the location of various body parts. Above you see K’s response to “Where is your ear?”

If this is too easy, put your hand in a body part and ask if you are correct. For example, with my hand in my nose, “Is my hand on my head?” When your child says no, ask them to show you where a person’s head is. 

Understanding your body is important as children grow. It makes things easier when they are ill or injured since they can explain what hurts or doesn’t feel right and it gives them ownership of their own being.