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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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Learning Colors

17 Jan

The Lollipop Song (sang to the tune of skip to my lou)

Lollipops, lollipops, yum yum yum!

Lollipops, lollipops, yum yum yum!

Lollipops, lollipops, yum yum yum!

Please come over and give me some!

**This one is a fingerplay because you will be utilizing props**

What you will need:

White construction paper

A circle stencil, no smaller than your palm

Popsicle sticks

Glue

Paint (colors of the rainbow, plus more)

Paint Brushes

Smocks

With your child (or chilDREN, provided you are working in a Nursery School), make 10 circles out of paper.  Make them no smaller than the palm of your hand, as they will be learning visuals.  The colors of the lollipops will be as follows:

Red     Blue     Green     Yellow     Orange     Purple     Brown     White     Pink     Black     Gray

The goal here is to get the child/children learning all of their colors.

After all of the circles are painted each color (one color per circle), wait for them to dry.  After drying process is complete, glue one popsicle stick to the back of each lollipop.

After the glue dries, you may begin singing the “Lollipop Song”!

Upon completion of the line:

“Please come over and give me some!” … Ask the child/children to give you one of the lollipops by color..then another, and so on.

OPTIONAL:  If you have time, you can make a chart with velcro and attach the lollipops as the song goes on.

***TIP***:  In between the identifying of each color ask: “Can you name something that is that color?”  This will exercise their cognitive skills.  This is a super-fun activity.  If you decide to do it at your Nanny-gig or in your classroom, please send a picture to theniftynanny@gmail.com

 



Clipart courtesy of Pam’s ClipArt.

My Name and Address

17 Jan

Song to teach a child their Name & Address (courtesy of the WeeSing Together DVD)

My name is Sally Smith,
(Sing your own name)

This is where I live,
1234 Wee Sing Lane,
(Sing where you live)

Any city, USA.
(Sing your city and state)

REPEAT

**I got this method from an old VHS that I grew up on from “Wee Sing”.  I believe the tune is an original (it does not go to Old MacDonald, or anything like that).  However, I do HIGHLY recommend the program, which is now on DVD..here is link WeeSing Together.  There are a bunch of other songs on the movie.  Ages 2-6 in my opinion.