ACTIVITy 5: what a clever body I have!
The aim of this activity is to appreciate
that bodies have many positive qualities
other than appearance. With your child,
learn all about the wonderful things bodies
of different shapes and sizes can do.
• With your child, use different shapes to draw their body and yours (e.g., a triangle for the body; a square for the head). Make
it fun by choosing weird and wonderful shapes to help children see bodies as something fun and interesting. You may even
want to use household objects, toys, or fruits and vegetables to make up the bodies.
• Together explore what each part of their body can do. Do the same for your body. For young children, make it short and
simple (e.g., my tummy can make great noises when I pat it); a long explanation is not helpful.
• Find things that your child can do but that you may not be able to, and vice versa. This helps children understand that all
bodies have different special strengths and that is OK.
• You could extend this activity by doing some fun movements or games together that highlight what each part of the body can
do (e.g., stomp your feet; blink your eyes).