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Overview and benefit
This activity teaches children parts of their body through the traditional children’s game of Simon Says. At first babies don’t have any sense of themselves and cannot distinguish between themselves and their parent. It’s not till around 7 months that they begin to realise they are separate from their parent and the start to gain more control over their bodies. This is when they start to understand what body parts belong to them and where they begin and end. This activity encourages this body recognition by making them aware of the key parts of the body and then associating them with the correct names. This naming of body parts is valuable for older children as the body parts become more specific and the vocabulary becomes more challenging.
- Your body
- Two to three weeks
How it works
This activity is to play a version of the Simon Says game with the children. As the focus for this activity is to learn body parts, rather than to listen carefully or follow instructions, you don’t need the added complexity of making the children listen out for when you say Simon Says and when you don’t.
What to do in the class
Have the children standing in a large circle, and perhaps have Ralph there to decide which body party they should touch next. Say, “Ralph says touch your head” and praise the children as they do it – by pointing out who has done it, it gives the other children the opportunity to look and follow if they need a little more help.
Adaptions for older/younger children
You can bring more challenge and diversity into the activity by:
- choosing more challenging body parts (teeth, ears, hips, shins, ankles, wrists, thighs, waist, bottom, eyebrows etc)
- speeding up as so the children have to listen and act more quickly
- asking the children to touch the corresponding body parts on their parent.
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation is necessary.