The list of human body games that I will show you will help you to teach in a fun way the most important knowledge about this subject at school, if you are a teacher, or at home, if you are a parent.
Human Body Games
The human body is a very complex device and difficult to explain to children. At times, this can be a complicated task for education professionals. However, there are many tools and exercises that can reduce the complexity of this task.
1- Draw your partner
This activity I usually like a lot, as children enjoy drawing the silhouette of their classmates and once they finish they are very surprised to see the outline of the body on paper.
The contents that are usually worked with this activity are the following:
- Identification of the main parts of the body.
- Knowledge of the parts of the body.
- Reconstruction of the body.
I always use the same procedure. I propose to the children that they put themselves in pairs, being of them it is the one that draws the silhouette of its companion while the other is the one that is spread on the paper. Once they have finished making the silhouettes, they continue completing the parts of the face, thus drawing the eyes, the mouth, the ears …
Normally, there is always some child who forgets to complete the silhouette of his partner, so do not be surprised. What I do on these occasions is that I ask them to realize that they have missed some part.
For example: With what part of the body do you usually scratch your head? In the case that they have forgotten to draw their hands, another example would be where are you wearing the shoes ?.
When everyone has finished drawing the contours of their classmates, we cut out the silhouettes and divide them into pieces. Each pair has to rotate and try to form the silhouettes of their companions next door.
I like this activity because it does not need very expensive materials: paper, pencil and scissors.
2- What do I look like?
Children enjoy this type of exercise very much, since they want to make their drawings with great reliability and even ask their colleagues to pose and not move.
The contents that are worked on are:
- Parts of the face.
- The place where you place those parts.
- The diversity of the human body.
The procedure of this exercise is as follows: Once they have finished drawing the silhouettes, they have to complete it by drawing hairs, eyes, ears, nails …
Since they continue in pairs and, in the previous activity, one of them has been drawn, this activity will continue to be carried out by the partner who previously could not draw taking into account the characteristics of the other.
Next, we have to propose that you color it by fixing once more the color of your eyes, hair, face, etc., of your partner.
This activity I always place in second place since they already have the silhouettes done and so it is not necessary to move them from site. The necessary materials are: colored pencils, pencil and the paper used in the previous activity.
3- Discovering the senses: What part of the body is it?
Here I will present some of the activities I do to work the senses. So the general content of all the activities will be that they know them and know how to identify where they come from.
I personally like to start with the touch, since it is one of the easiest to explain. The procedure I follow is as follows: first we will place the children individually in front of each other.
One of them has to point out the body parts of the partner in front of him, while the other has to know how to identify, through touch, which part of the body his partner has pointed out and name him.
For this activity you will not need any material.
4- What object is it?
Another activity that could be done to work on the sense of touch is to blindfold the children and give them objects that they have to guess by their shape. I usually use the objects that are in class such as colors, chairs, erasers … The important thing is that they have fun guessing and without cheating, although that is impossible.
For this activity you will need the material you want to touch to guess them.
5- Discovering the Senses: Where are the materials?
To work on the sense of sight, I always try to make the games more dynamic so they do not get bored. We can hide objects in the classroom so that the children divided by groups have to find them, each one of those objects that correspond with the color previously given to the group.
If you do this as is, you may run the risk of the class becoming chaotic. What I do is that I give them a song and I control the search for objects.
For example, if the groups are of 10 I put five songs so that, for each song, two students are in charge of looking for the object while the others are giving them clues as to where they may be.
6- Discovering the Senses: What sound is it?
This activity is ideal to do with music instruments. Normally in the classroom we do not have them, but we can always ask for some or use some music or toy piano that makes good imitations.
The exercise that I usually perform has the following procedure: I divide the class into two groups. One group has to be blindfolded while the other is equipped with different instruments. Peers who are blindfolded have to guess the instrument they are playing. When they have done it, the roles are changed.
In the event that you do not have instruments, you can use everyday elements such as a rattle, a flute, shoes … The important thing is that they know how to internalize that they are using the ear and that each object has its own sound.
The materials necessary to carry out this activity will depend on the ones you want to use to develop it.
7- Discovering the Senses: What smells are there?
Children usually get a lot of attention this exercise, as they discover that each thing has a particular smell. The procedure is as follows: first I give each child an aromatic candle (some are repeated). Based on the smell of the different candles, they have to find the companions who have the same one that has the same smell.
Once they’ve got it, they have to tell me in groups exactly what the smell is. I always try to make candles with an everyday smell like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coconut … But you can also use other materials such as hand cream or some cologne.
So, as in the previous activities, the material will depend on what you want to choose.
8- Discovering the Senses: What am I trying?
By far, this is the activity that most children like, since I always try to take foods that they like like chocolate, cookies, orange juice, biscuits …
The procedure to carry out this activity is very simple: children with blindfolded or covered eyes, have to try the different foods that are given to them. When everyone has done it, we ask: what do you know? What have you eaten? What do you remember?
I have tried other exercises to work on the sense of taste and I think that this is the one that has worked best for me and with which I have had the most fun. You do not have to carry many things, the important thing is that they realize that each meal has a characteristic knowledge and that they are capable of appreciating it.
9- Puzzles on the human body
Another activity that is usually very fun is to perform puzzles of the human body. Actually there are two ways to do this activity, using the puzzles that are in the classroom or coloring and trimming your own doll to later fit the pieces.
It is one more way to internalize the parts of the body, since while you are placing them, they can all together and with the help of the teacher to name them.
10- Guess the riddle
The classic game of riddles can also be used to teach the parts of the human body and it is a way of capturing the attention of our students on the subject we are working on. I usually raise it in the form of questions with the intention of telling me the body parts.
A good way is to help yourself with clothes. In what part of the body can I put on a hat? Why there and not in the hands? Why there and not on the feet ?.
It is true that at first it may cost children to pay attention, so if you can take the objects with which you will perform the riddles and have them participate by groups placing those elements will have more fun.
11- We sing?
Other possible activities that we can use to teach body parts are through songs. We can use both songs in English and in Spanish, the important thing is that they know how to identify the different parts that make up our body.
I usually use the bugui bugui song , accompanied by gestures to make it more fun and dance all at once.
We can use many games to teach the human body to our students while having fun. Here I have exposed 11 examples of what I usually use in class.
The best thing to do is to try out what dynamics and games you can use in your classroom, since each one is different. If your students are very active there will be games that I have previously exposed that you have to modify or devise again.
My advice is that the more interesting and dynamic we make these activities, the better the children will spend and the more they can learn.