Music is a powerful tool that helps many of us teach young kids all kinds of skills. You can teach colors, shapes, numbers, ABCs, social skills, language, etc. all through music.
Body awareness is an important part of perceptual motor skills. Body awareness is knowing where your body is in space. For a lot of kids, this skill comes naturally, and for others it does not.
Learning about body parts, and what makes up your body is something that you can use music for. It allows you to teach the names of body parts, but also how to move those body parts. It helps kids learn to control their bodies as they imitate different actions.
Here are some of my favorite songs, but I would also love to hear what your favorite songs are. I love preschool songs because they help teach so much, but I’m also human and after so many years, it can at times be unbearable to listen to the same songs over and over. So, please, send me some new songs!
I hope that some of these songs will be new for you to enjoy 🙂
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Icky Sticky Bubble Gum-hands, knees, head, belly, mouth, nose, elbows. You can easily sing this without the music and add whatever body parts you want.
The Skeleton Dance-bones, foot, leg, knee, thigh, hip, back, neck, hands. This song is fun all year long 🙂
One Finger One Thumb-fingers, thumb, arm, leg, head. This song is silly and fun, but it’s pretty quick so it may be difficult for some kids to imitate.
Hello Hello-head, shoulders, hands, tummy, knees, toes
Hands Are For Clapping-hands, toes, fingers, knees, teeth
Hokey Pokey-feet, arms, head, knees, shoulders, elbows, bottom, quiet voice, loud voice, tummy, nose, whole self. This is a classic. This version starts slow and then speeds up as it goes on. I also like how it does a lot of different body parts.
One Little Finger-finger, head, nose, chin, arm, leg, foot
This is Me-head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, chin, arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes. There is also a slow version of the song that you can find.
Body Parts-fingers, toes, eyes, nose, arms, legs, hair, head, hands, feet, ears, mouth. I couldn’t find this song on amazon, but I think you can get it on itunes.
I Can Move My Body Like Anything-this song is not about body parts, but it’s about moving your body in a lot of different ways. This is a great movement song.