If you are the parent of a baby or young toddler and looking to teach essential basic concepts in a meaningful way then BUY THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY! Lori Ann Grover’s book, I Love All Of Me, is a beautifully illustrated and playful way to teach body parts and corresponding action words to littles aged six to eighteen months. To get the most out of this book, point out body parts on both of your bodies, and “ham it up” by acting out and exaggerating each body part’s actions (e.g., sniffing, licking, running).
Extend this activity by singing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”. Have your child lie on the floor, and slowly sing as you gently touch or squeeze their parts, highlighting the vocabulary with your physical cues. Then sing the song much faster and see your child delight as he recognizes the increase in speed and frantic shared excitement. Be prepared to sing this song A LOT to build endurance, shared enjoyment, and knowledge of essential body part vocabulary.