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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes - A Teacher's Guide

Updated on September 13, 2014

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes - Lyrics, Activities, Lesson Plans, Worksheets

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes is a fun warm-up, icebreaker or circle-time song. As the tempo increases, kids laugh and dance, ending up happy and out of breath. Kids can learn parts of the body and face, rhythm, and coordination as they enjoy the song. You probably know the lyrics and the actions, but have you ever built a lesson around this song? Read on for activities, printables, lesson plans and alternate lyrics for Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. You can even sing it in Japanese!

The Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes board book pictured here is available at amazon.

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"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" Lyrics

Betcha don't know the second verse

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!

Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet

Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet

and eyes and ears and mouth and nose,

Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet!

(The second verse is often left unsung.)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" Sing-Along Board Book - Push the button and sing along!

Read this to one child or a whole group of preschoolers. They'll love the interactive aspect as they learn rhythm and the parts of the body.

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" Sing-Along Board Book - Push the button and sing along!.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (Teddy Bear Sing-Along)
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (Teddy Bear Sing-Along)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" Sing-Along Board Book - Push the button and sing along! Read this to one child or a whole group of preschoolers. They'll love the interactive aspect as they learn rhythm and the parts of the body.

 

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" Video - My kids' favorite version sung by The Wiggles

The Wiggles sing a fun version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." They sing the song several times in a row, each time leaving off a word. "This time we won't sing 'head.' We'll just point to it." Check it out below.

Teach the Bones

When I teach about the skeletal system, I change the lyrics to "Cranium, scapula, patella, phalanges." Kids love it!

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and and Toes" in Japanese! - Atama, Kata, Hiza, Pon!

Atama (Head), Kata (Shoulders), Hiza (Knees), Pon (Clap) is a fun way to learn a little Japanese. The "Dai, dai, daiskui" at the end is a cute way of saying "I love you." Enjoy!

© 2011 Jeremy

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    • katemiya profile image

      katemiya 6 years ago

      I will be singing this all day long now.

    • lilymom24 profile image

      lilymom24 6 years ago

      I have four kids and while I think this is a cute song, we have gone overboard with it at my house. lol. It is a good one to keep the little ones active though.