Tuesday, January 22, 2013

14 Days of Loving and Appreciating Your Body

I love the holidays and doing holiday themed activities activities with the kids.  When January rolls around, it sort of feels like the holidays dry up... maybe I get spoiled from Thanksgiving/Halloween/Christmas/New Year being so close together and easy to work with.  Coming up in a few weeks is Valentine's Day so of course we will have loads of pink, red, glitter, hearts, and lovey stuff around the house.

This Valentine's Day Aias is a bit older and showing interest in more complex subjects, so I was thinking Valentine's Day would be the ideal time to talk about love and appreciation; and the human body!



I'm going to have 14 Days of Loving and Appreciating Your Body, and do a different simple project with him on each day.  Here are the days and body parts I've chosen and a few sample activities we may do:

1. Eyes
- Talk about what the eyes do
- Identify our own eyes, other people's eyes, eyes on animals, etc
- Talk about different things we see with our eyes
- Explore different colours, brightnesses, being in the light and in the dark
- Talk about how it would be to not be able to see out of our eyes
- Teaching toddlers about eyes

2. Ears
- Talk about what the ears do
- Identify our own ears, other people's ears, ears on animals, etc
- Talk about different things we hear with our ears
- Explore different sounds
- Talk about how it would be to not be able to hear
- Teaching toddlers about ears

3. Brain
- Talk about what the brain does and where it is
- Talk about being careful and taking care of our heads (wearing a bike helmet, etc)
- Look at pictures of what a brain looks like
- Some of these brain boosting activities are for older kids but can be modified for younger kids

4. Arms and Hands
- Talk about what our arms and hands do
- Identify our own arms and hands, other types of arms and hands, etc
- Touch different textures, etc
- Talk about how it would be to not be able to use our arms and hands
- Talking about hand washing and the spread of germs
- 6 Toddler Sensory Activities

5. Muscles
- Talk about what our muscles do and where they are
- Lift different things, do different little exercises to explore muscles
- Talk about how it would be to have trouble with your muscles
- "Exercise" games for toddlers

6. Mouth
- Talk about what our mouths do
- Identify our own mouths, and mouths of others and animals
- Talk about lips, tongue, tasting, talking, breathing, etc
- Buy different apples and do taste testing and comparison
- Talk about different spots on the tongue tasting different things
- Create a platter of different sauces and taste them
- Teaching kids about teeth and mouths

7. Teeth
- Talk about what our teeth do
- Identify our own teeth, and teeth of others and animals
- Talk about how to take care of our teeth and what happens if we don't
- Create a teeth felt story
- Teaching kids about teeth and mouths

8. Skin
- Talk about our own skin and what it does
- Talk about different colours of skin
- Talk about how to take care of our skin
- Talk about how important our skin is at keeping germs away, etc
- Teaching kids about skin

9. Hair
- Talk about our hair and what it does
- Talk about different types of hair
- Talk about how to take care of our hair

10. Bones
- Talk about our bones and what they do
- Talk about where our bones are
- Look at pictures of bones
- Talk about how we can take care of our bones
- Talk about what it's like if you hurt your bones
- Bones of the human body for kids

11. Blood
- Talk about what blood is, where it is, what it does
- Look at pictures of blood
- Teaching kids about blood

12. Tummy/Stomach
- Talk about our tummies and stomachs, what they are, what they do
- Talk about different foods and how they go into our tummies
- Talk about how we can take care of our stomachs and tummies
- Look at picture of stomachs
- Teaching kids "belly" breathing... which really has nothing to do with bellies, but is a good thing for them to be able to do to relax :)

13  Legs and Feet
- Talk about what our legs and feet do
- Identify our own legs and feet, other types of legs and feet, etc
- Jump, skip, climb, etc
- Talk about how it would be to not be able to use our legs and feet

14. Heart
- Talk about what our heart is, what it does, how it works, where it is
- Look at pictures of a heart
- Some easy heart-related experiments

I'm going to keep the projects really simple; remember, Aias is only three.  But I want to at least plant the seeds of awareness with regard to taking care of the body, appreciating the things your body does, the differences in bodies, etc.

Some other body-related activities:

My Body Felt Board and My Body Felt Board Templates

My Body Printables from 2 Teaching Mommies




I thought this lego minifigure body system chart was pretty rad :)


 
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