It’s time for a My Body theme and friends these activities are going to get you super excited for this theme! I know I am! I have tons of math, literacy, art, and sensory activities you can put right into your lesson plans and I have two FREEBIES for you too! Make sure you grab them later in the post. For those of you who do Teeth or Dental Health during your My Body theme CLICK HERE to check them out (I did a separate post just for a Teeth or Dental Health theme) and you can check it out HERE.
Our fingerprints are unique and part of our body. Put the worksheets away and make fingerprint letters! Have students stamp a letter then try to make the letter using their fingertips.
My students LOVE building letters with glass gems and I found these red and clear glass gems at the Dollar Tree. Pretend the gems are red and white blood cells and build uppercase and lowercase letters. You can also trace the letters with dry erase markers or make the letters using play dough.
Our body is supported by a lot of bones so these bone beginning sound clip it cards are perfect for a my body theme. Plus pinching those clothespins open and closed is a fabolous fine motor workout too.
Sometimes our body gets injured and we use bandages to help us heal. Kids love bandages (at least mine do). For these boo boo rhyme puzzles, I used Velcro dots so students can attach the matching rhyme to make the middle part of the bandage. This game could easily be made into a file folder game if those are your favorite.
For every theme, I place themed vocabulary cards in the pocket chart (don’t worry the lowercase my body vocabulary cards are right in front of the my body writing paper). My students this year LOVE skinny markers so you bet I have their favorite thing in the writing center to keep them excited about writing.
Ahhhh new books! There are so many fabolous books for this theme! Books about eating healthy, sleeping, exercise, yoga, the body, getting sick, germs, and going to the doctor. You can find a clickable book list HERE.
Every person has a heartbeat which are fabolous lines you can copy, build, or trace (hello fine motor work). Cut a red piece of paper in half and create various types of lines on them. Grab small red gems, clear gems, and small popsicle sticks. If you don’t have glass gems just use red or white pom poms.
Students build the lines with the manipulatives then have students make patterns on the lines!
Fingerprint graphs! Students identify the number and make the same amount of fingerprints above the number to create the graph. So many objectives in one activity! There is counting, identifying numbers, comparing quantities, and graphing all in one activity. Yes!
Time to measure! I love using non-standard rulers with my little learners and how much fun are these bandage rulers. Students can learn their body parts and explore measurement at the same time. I also filled the tray with items you use to keep you healthy like soap, toothbrush, and various bandages for students to measure too.
Anything with a spinner is always a hit in my classroom. These silly germs are all different shapes. Just spin the spinner, identify the shape, and cover it with a matching pom pom. These are similar to the translucent spinners I have.
Skeleton self-portraits (or you can call them x-ray self-portraits) are a fun twist to a regular self-portrait. I pulled out this skeleton from my Halloween decorations for students to use for support and to examine. Students draw the skeletons on black paper with white chalk.
This health sensory bin was super simple to make. It’s white rice, hand tweezers, red glass gems, white glass gems, tooth mini erasers, small popsicle sticks, and Q Tips. Place small containers like baby food containers to encourage counting and sorting during play.
X-Ray playdough tray is perfect for a my body theme! Cut up white pipe cleaners for bones and twist some into a circle for the skull. Use gingerbread cookie cutters and add pet cookie cutters so students can compare their body to a dogs!Germs can travel fast and be transferred from person to person very easily. Squirt a few dots of paint onto the FREE hand printable. Students “cough” or blow through a straw to move the paint. Once the paint is dry you can add little angry germ faces to each paint blob.
Taking showers and baths keep out bodies clean and healthy! Teaching little ones about hygiene is so important. Make beautiful prints with shower loofah. I found this three pack of mini loofahs at the dollar tree and the tray is from IKEA.
Check out this interactive science center! Real x-rays to examine, a skeleton to build, and a baby to label. I barely have time to teach science during circle or small group so having an engaging science center that kids WANT to go to independently during centers is HUGE to me. Grab the My Body Science Unit HERE.
Don’t forget about the blocks center! Place empty cereal boxes or empty food containers in the center for students to build with. Add veggie counter or fruit counters too! I unfold the boxes and keep them for the next year. You can also ask families to send in cereal boxes to students have the cereal they eat in the blocks center! Post photos of places in the community that promote healthy living to build.
Teach students about healthy eating and nutrition by transforming the dramatic play center! Students can practice making healthy food choices through PLAY! Click HERE to read all my tips and tricks to make your center into a Grocery Store
Want all the My Body printable centers? Grab the My Body & Teeth Math and Literacy Centers on TPT HERE.
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