Purpose: Help your child begin to recognize himself and learn the names of his body parts.
For this Activity you will need:
- While holding your child, look in the mirror. Point to your baby’s nose, and say, "Baby’s nose."
- Next, point to your own nose, and say, "Mommy’s (Daddy’s) nose."
- Point out other facial features to your baby (eyes, mouth, tongue, ears, tummy, or head).
- As your child gets older, ask, "Where’s your nose?" Encourage your child to point to the body part.
- While looking in the mirror with your child, stick your tongue out. Encourage your child to stick his out.
- Make funny faces and encourage baby to make similar faces.
- While changing baby, point out various body parts such as belly button and knee.
- As your child gets older, play "Simon Says." Say, "Simon says touch your head. Simon Says, touch your nose." Keep naming various body parts and help your child to point to the body part.
- Look at photo albums or pictures with your child. Point to and name the people in the photos. As your child gets older, ask your child to point to himself, mommy, daddy, grandma, or friends.
Social Studies (the study of people) involves:
- Understanding how people live today and lived in the past.
- Talking about people from different cultures and backgrounds.
- Knowing how people work, solve problems, and get along with others.
- Talking about self, family members, neighborhood and the community.
When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.
You can help build your child’s social studies skills by doing this activity.