It’s been some time now that curious Roman is obsessed with pointing to other people’s body parts – especially their eyes and nose. I remind him to put his “hands down”, but it really is a good activity to learn the basic body parts such as eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and head. Now that your child is aware that we have separate body parts and they each have their own name it’s the perfect time to practice pointing and labeling! Here are some ways to reinforce the vocabulary.
Mirror – Practice pointing to specific body parts while in front of their reflection. This gives them added input and a higher chance of remembering. They also think it’s silly! Give them simple instructions such as “Touch your Head” and use physical prompting if they do not do it independently.
Bathtime – We always find that reviewing the names of body parts is easy during bath time when they are sitting and focused. You can say phrases such as “Okay now it’s time to scrub your knees” or “Let’s wash your neck”. Make sure to emphasize the words you are targeting.
Books – We personally love flap books such as “Toes, Ears, & Nose” There is a surprise element to the book, which makes each body part motivating! Make sure to point to the specific part that you are referring to with your index finger on the page and you can add in more repetition by pointing to the body part on yourselves.
Stuffed Animals or Dolls – Use one of their favorite toys in the house that has a face to go over each body part. We especially like the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Learning Puppy – can’t resist those floppy ears.
Song – Use songs that involve body parts such as “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”. This helps the key words stick! You can use this technique within any activity!