BLAST Early Learning
My Healthy Body
Head, Body, Legs: a Story from Liberia
by Won-Ldy Paye & Margaret H. Lippert
In this tale from the Dan people of Liberia, Head, Arms, Body, and Legs learn that they do better when they work together.
Murphy Meets the Treadmill by Harriet Ziefert
Having decided that her yellow Labrador is overweight, Cheryl puts him on a diet and makes him exercise, a program which has marvelous results.
Touch and Clap
Hands on shoulders, hands on knees
Now hide them behind you, if you please!
Now touch your ears and then your nose
Hands on hips, then touch your toes.
Wave your hands up in the air
Now pat your sides then touch your hair.
Now let’s clap 1-2-3-4
And all sit down upon the floor.
You put your left leg in
You take your left leg out
You put your left leg in and you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!
trunk : n. the main stem of a tree
Example: “Maybe if I get a good head start I can hit the trunk…”
(taken from Head, Body, Legs by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert)
What You Need: paper, bright light, glue, art supplies of your choice
What You Do: Use a bright light, a projector, or the sun and take a piece of construction paper and trace the silhouette of your children on the paper. Cut out the silhouette and place a piece of black paper under it. Glue it onto a large piece of colored paper. Now let the children decorate the white frame.
What You Need: plastic bottles, white tempera paint
What You Do: Make large teeth with your children to help them learn to brush. It is really easy. Cut the bottom off of 20 oz. or two-liter bottles and cover them with white tempera paint.
"The Shape of Me" Collage
What You Need: large paper, magazines, glue
What You Do: Trace and cut out your children from the paper. Let them go through magazines and cut out things that they like. They can then paste them on the cut out and you have a collage of the child.
Eating Healthy — Make two faces (one happy and one sad) on the bottom of a paper sack. Cut the mouth of the face out. Bring several cutouts of different kinds of food. Have the children sort, which ones are healthy (happy face) and which ones are bad for you (sad face) .
Explore an X-Ray — Obtain x-rays and let your children discover the human body through them.
Glitter Germs — After explaining to your children what germs are, tell them that you are going to pretend that glitter is germs. Put glitter on your hand and shake a child's hand. Show the children how that child now has your germs. Let that child shake another child's hand. Continue until all children have glitter on their hands. Then one at a time have your children wash their hands and show them how the germs (glitter) have disappeared.
The Germs In the Room — Have your children take a piece of bread and wipe their hands on it. You can
additionally take it into places that germs hide (bathrooms, sinks, diaper changing stations, etc) and rub it on it. Then put the bread in a baggie and put it in an area where the kids can watch the germs grow on the bread. This will be a great thing to help get your children to wash their hands.
The Body Book by Shelly Rotner
and Stephen Calcagnino
Simple text and photographs present some of the parts of the human body, including eyes, nose, hands, legs, and toes.
Parts by Ted Arnold
A five-year-old boy thinks his body is falling apart until he learns new teeth grow and hair and skin replace themselves.
Move! by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Introduces children to a
collection of wild animals and, through detailed illustrations, shows how and why the
slithering, hopping, and crawling creatures move as they do.
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.