Body Part Songs


In our preschool- after we have completed the “all about me” theme -we draw an outline of each child on large craft paper and label eyes, ears, nose, hands, etc. Ten they are hung on the wall–we gather in a circle and sing the song “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, the children point to each body part as the song is sung. It also is a good exercise song after any concentrated “sitting” work. Variations are to have different children be the leader and to point to the body parts on the silhouettes also.


Here is a fun song that gets those body parts movin’!

Father Abraham

Father Abraham
Had many sons
And many sons had Father Abraham
I am one of them
So are you
So let’s just shake an arm!

Father Abraham
Had many sons
And many sons had Father Abraham
I am one of them
So are you
So let’s just shake another arm!

Father Abraham
Had many sons
And many sons had Father Abraham
I am one of them
So are you
So let’s just shake a leg!

You can go through different parts of the body:

Wiggle your ears
Shake your tummy
Nod your head……….etc.


Head and Shoulders Head and Shoulders,
Knees and toes, Knees and Toes,
Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose.

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5 Comments

  • Mabel March 28, 2018 at 3:49 pm Reply

    I adapted this from the jingle bell game we played at Christmas. The kids really enjoy it. give some type of bell or home made maraca to your toddler and hold yourself. Shake it and sing to the tune of Mary had a little lamb “I can shake my little bell( or maraca) little bell, little bell, I can shake my little bell, all about.” Then shake them on your knee or on your belly or on your nose etc. A great way to teach body part labels.

  • Mabel March 28, 2018 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Either with clip art or pictures from magazine or your own art work cut, out parts of the body for the song ” Head shoulders knees and toes.” Laminate the piece and put magnets on the back. Place the pieces on the blackboard in order and sing the song, then mix it up and sing the song out of order. This is a hit with young children and older kids too.

    Variation: When singing the song instead of pointing to body parts make a movement i.e: nod head, shrug shoulders, bend knees, up on toes etc.

  • Mabel March 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Here is the classic finger play Open them Shut them with variations:

    Open them Shut them open them shut them give a little clap.
    Open them shut them open them shut them lay them in your lap.
    Creep them Creep them creep them creep them right up to your chin.
    Open up your little mouth but do not let them in.

    Variation 1:

    Roll them roll them roll them roll them roll them just like this.
    Wave them, wave them, wave them, wave them, Blow a little kiss.

    Variation 2:

    Crawl them, crawl them, crawl them crawl them, right up to your cheeks.
    Cover up your little eyes then give a little peek. PEEK!

    Variation 3:

    Crawl them, Crawl them, Crawl them, crawl them way down to your toes.
    Shake them shake them shake them shake them up we go.

  • Mabel March 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm Reply

    In working with toddlers, I have found that the children need something to do while waiting for food to be served. This finger play works perfectly with the My Body theme.

    “Eye peeper (point to eye), Nose Smeller (point to nose),
    Mouth eater (point to mouth), Chin Chopper (point to chin), Gollywhopper (lightly brush with fingertips the area between the chin and neck).

    I have done this with toddlers and they loved it!

  • Yvette March 28, 2018 at 3:47 pm Reply

    Make cut outs of different body parts for the song “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes.” Sing the song in order first the mix up the cut outs and sing in that order. Don’t be afraid to add in other body parts like chin and elbows.

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