Facial Recognition

18 Jan

The best way to get children to identify their facial features is through song and arts and crafts.  Be sure to look under the “Arts & Crafts” menu soon for a facial recognition craft!

For now, we are going to focus on song/fingerplay.  One of my favorite songs is “One Fine Face” by Ernie and Elmo on Sesame Street.  The song is also featured on “The Best of Elmo” DVD.

This song helped my brother Steven locate parts on his face.  It also helped my former students at the Nursery School.

Here is the YouTube video of the song.

Lyrics to “One Fine Face”

Ernie: I’ve got two eyes
Elmo: Oh, got two eyes
Ernie: So I can see
Elmo: Yes, eyes can see
Ernie: I’ve got two ears to listen to what you say to me
Elmo: What you say to me

Ernie: I’ve got a mouth
Elmo: Yes, got a mouth
Ernie: So I can speak
Elmo: A mouth can speak
Ernie: I’ve got a cheek right here
And here I’ve got another cheek
Elmo: Another cheek

Ernie: I’ve got a nose
Elmo: One little nose
Ernie: So I can smell
Elmo: A nose can smell
Ernie: I’ve got a chin
But what a chin does I just can’t tell
Elmo: Just can not tell

Ernie: I’ve got eyes, ears, nose, mouth, cheek, and chin
Each in it’s place
And they’re all part of one fine face

Ernie: You’ve got two eyes
Elmo: Two pretty eyes
Ernie: So you can see
Elmo: Just look and see
Ernie: You’ve got two ears to listen to what you say to me
Elmo: What you say to me

Ernie: You’ve got a mouth
Elmo: Oh yes, a mouth
Ernie: So you can speak
Elmo: A mouth can speak
Ernie: You’ve got a cheek right here
And here you’ve got another cheek
Elmo: Another cheek

Ernie: You’ve got a nose
Elmo: A little nose
Ernie: So you can smell
Elmo: A nose can *sniff*
Ernie: You’ve got a chin
But what a chin does you just can’t tell
Elmo: Just can not tell

Ernie: You’ve got eyes, ears, nose, mouth, cheek, and chin
Elmo: Each in it’s place
Both: And they’re all part of one fine face
Yes, they’re all part of one fine face

(be sure to point to each part of the face as it comes up in the song)

**At the end, the characters say:

“And a nice face it is too, it’s a nice face!”

Then Ernie does his signature laugh: “Hee hee hee” and Elmo mimics him.  I always try and do the laugh at the end because the kids get a real kick out of it!

Trust me when I say that the song works.  The kids are learning and having fun at the same time.  You’ll have fun too, just watch 🙂

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