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Head Shoulders Knees & Toes (Learn It)

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Language Focus Other songs about: parts of the body

Parts of the body (head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, nose).

Head Shoulders Knees & Toes (Learn It) Lyrics and Actions

♫ (Spoken)
Head. [Point to your head.]
Shoulders. [Point to your shoulders.]
Knees. [Point to your knees.]
Toes. [Point to your toes.]
(Repeat)

Eyes. [Point to your eyes.]
Ears. [Point to your ears.]
Mouth. [Point to your mouth.]
Nose. [Point to your nose.]

Head.
Shoulders.
Knees.
Toes.

(Singing)
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes.
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes. ♫

Classroom Benefits

Songs don't come much simpler than "Head Shoulders Knees And Toes," right? Well, actually…most experienced ESL/EFL teachers can share with you the experience of asking a student to name a part of the body and that student pointing to his knees and saying proudly, "Knees-an!" Or another student pointing to her toes and saying, "An-toes!" It can be difficult for young learners to hear the separation in the words.

Our super simple version of "Head Shoulders Knees & Toes (Let's Learn)" begins by first saying each of the body parts clearly and leaving room for the children to repeat as they touch/point to each part. When we begin singing in the second verse the children are able to better understand the linking of sounds and how words blend together, and they can generalize that skill to other listening activities.

Activity Ideas

This is great for a warm up song to use at the start of a lesson, or play it anytime you need a short break. 1

Give each student a stuffed animal or doll and have them point to their parts of the body as they sing the song. 2

See our Pinterest board on teaching parts of the body. 3

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