Wednesday, October 16, 2013

naming the parts of the face

eyes,
ears,
mouth,
and nose...
Elise loves pointing to these features on her face, as-well-as looking for them on the faces of others.  To follow her interest, I put together three simple vocabulary-building activities on her language shelf - aka the bottom shelf of the bookcase in our living room.

felt board face
This is Elise's first time working with a felt board - also, her first time using a favorite classroom material from my teaching days!  ;)  She's not able to put the face together yet, but she loves taking it apart.  We've had lots of fun talking about the parts of the face, and playing little games with the pieces.  

small mirror
Of the three activities, this one is probably Elise's favorite.  We have a larger mirror at her height in our living room, but this one is just right for getting a close-up look at her face.  Elise thinks it's just perfect for giving herself kisses!  We've also been using it in combination with the felt board face.  

books of faces
Neither of these books is actually about the parts of the face, but I really like their realistic portraits of children.  Elise and I have enjoyed looking through them together, talking about the parts of each child's face.  I know there are books out there that focus more on the parts of the face, so if you have any favorites in your home, please share!  

If your toddler is a little older, or you like to plan ahead, here are two great posts full of face and body part activities:


7 comments:

  1. Love it! A mirror is so simple, but they really do engage with them in the most interesting ways, don't they? :) Global Babies is one of our favorites -- from babyhood through the toddler years. Looking forward to seeing where Elise's interests lead you next!

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    1. Yes, we love mirrors around here! I'm going to look for the book with faces made from found objects that you mention in your post - I feel like it would really get Elise thinking...

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  2. What a great set of experiences for exploring the face! Global babies is a huge hit with my daughter. The felt face activity is great.

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    1. Thanks! We've been loving Global babies for months now - so glad I bought it!

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  3. Brilliant - I love this book and have been wanting to buy it for a while now! I am going to get this activity ready for Six in the next days or so. Thank you for sharing Anne!

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    1. Oh, I bet Victoire would love Global Babies right now - I think Elise was about her age when she became really interested in looking at faces in books. Can't wait to see what you put together for your girls!

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  4. Love your book selection. Zahavah loved these as well. Real baby faces are always what she goes for (Loves Margaret Miller's books especially) ! :) Thank you for directing me to your blog and for the link by the way. Very sweet of you. I love how you are starting Montessori for Elise at such a young age. I did a little with baby Z but she wasn't feeling it much! :(

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