How to Make a Body Parts Book for Your Child

My 23 month old (today!), Sofía, absolutely loves singing. It was just in the past month that she even started singing, and she has been singing all.the.time. It’s really adorable, but there are moments when I won’t be singing along, so she will start screaming the song to get my attention so I will sing with her. She can be very…demanding. A year ago I thought she was the most perfect child to ever grace the earth. Let’s just say I don’t know about that anymore. 🙂

Wouldn't it be fun to make a body parts book of your child to teach them all about their body? Here are some tips if you want to make one!One of Sofía’s most requested songs as of late has been Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. She started by just touching her toes basically the whole song, but she’s come a long way from when we started singing it maybe a month ago. Now she actually tries to point to each body part as we sing the song.

Body Parts to Teach Child

When Sofía was 16 or 17 months, she could show us where each of her body parts was. This was our list of body parts we taught her:

  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Tongue
  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Ears
  • Hair
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Fingers
  • Toes
  • Knees
  • Belly button (which she still refers to as pupo-the Spanish word for belly button)
  • Bottom
  • Elbow

She would sit on our laps and we would ask her (each in our own language – me in English, Papi in Spanish) where her eyes, toes, tongue, fingers, etc. were. At first she would point to our bodies to show us, but now she really understands the difference between where her body parts are as opposed to where Mama’s body parts are.

I wanted to make a book about body parts for Sofía a while ago, but I just never got around to it. So I decided to make one for this blog post. I had a plan, man. My plan was that I was going to take pictures of all her major body parts, print them and then make a little book with the pictures. I had to scratch that plan. So sorry, peeps, but this toddler never.stops.moving!

It’s almost ridiculous the amount of time I spent trying to snap a picture of her knees. Every single picture was either really awkward or showed way too much motion. I told her to sit on her bum with her knees up and her feet flat on the floor. She did it! But it lasted for about 2 seconds. The camera ended up snapping a picture of her legs flat on the floor instead!

I got a whopping 57 pictures for this project, and at least half of them were totally bad. If you want to try doing a picture book with your wiggly toddler, I have a few suggestions:

  1. Write a list of all the body parts you want to photograph.
  2. Don’t take the pictures in order; just take as many pictures as you can in a good 5 or 10 minute period. Don’t even worry about looking at them on the camera/phone screen – wait until you are uploading them to your computer to have a look.
  3. Take the pictures over a period of a few days so you can get different clothes, hairstyle, etc.
  4. Once you upload them, delete the really bad ones right away.
  5. Rename each picture you will be using with the body part you are using it for so you know which body parts are still missing.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes Lyrics

If you don’t know the song, Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, check out the tune here. You won’t regret it! 😉 I am providing the lyrics as we sing it (the tune and lyrics that we use are a bit different than all the other songs I listened to on YouTube) and lyrics in Spanish as well!

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
Knees and toes
Knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
Eyes, ears, mouth, and nose

Versión español

Cabeza, cara, hombros, pies
Hombros, pies
Hombros, pies

Cabeza, cara, hombros, pies
y una vuelta entera

When did you start teaching your child their body parts?

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  1. This is a REALLY cool idea! I’m going to start taking pictures today. So excited about this.

    • Oh, I’m so glad you found this useful, Lauren! I hope your little guy doesn’t wiggle as much as mine so you can get clear pictures!

  2. I enjoyed this post! I’ve actually thought about writing what our favorite songs to sing are too! ha ha.

  3. chels says:

    Cute, cute toes and nose! Love the pic with her finger on chin! Doing a body part booklet is a fun idea!

  4. We do a different body part song with our children. It goes like this.
    Two little eyes to look to God.
    Two little ears to hear His word.
    Two little feet to walk His ways.
    Hands to serve Him all my days.

    One little tongue to speak His truth.
    One little heart for Him and you.
    Take them O Jesus, let them be.
    Filled with messages from thee.

    The pictures are lovely, even the fuzzy ones.

  5. We probably started going over body parts at about 2 years old too, doing the basics on your list, and then mabye by 2.5 they knew things like shoulders, back, wrist, ankle, etc.
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    • I need to teach her the rest of the body parts. I just want to make it fun, so maybe I’ll still try to make my body parts book after all!

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