Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

August 2009

Everybody Has a Face

(tune: Old MacDonald Had a Farm)

Listen to the whole song on Tiny Tunes, or hear it here:

Everybody has a face – is that news? Of course not –- to an adult. To a young child, it may have lots of possibilities! They may not know the term for the front of their head, they may not be able to identify all the features, and they may have never really looked at their face closely in a mirror! This song can provide the opportunity to cover all that – and more. For the child who already knows they have eyes, mouth, nose, etc – can they find eyebrows or cheeks? Give your child time to study their face in a mirror. You might look in the mirror with the child and talk about similarities and differences between your faces! I must tell you, there was a class with 2 year olds a few years ago where they stayed in front of the mirror for 20 minutes, wiggling eyebrows, puffing cheeks, and just blinking! It was a real hoot!

Children will often shout out "legs!" or "hands!" when I ask what's on a face – be sure to point out that we don't have legs or hands on our FACE, those are on our bodies!

This song can be accompanied by a felt board visual – see pictures below, or you might draw a circle on paper and add features as you sing. Better yet, invite the child to add the features. I don't correct positioning – if the nose isn't center, who cares! However, sometimes for pint-sized humor, I deliberately place a feature in the wrong place – and my students laugh and laugh! And of course, they loudly correct me!

Lyrics:

Everybody has a face, E-I-E-I-O
And on our face we have 2 eyes, E-I-E-I-O
With a blink blink here, and a blink blink there
Here a blink, there a blink, everywhere a blink blink
Everybody has a face, E-I-E-I-O

Additional verses:
2. nose... beep beep here (use finger or palm to pat nose gently)
3. mouth...kiss kiss here (purse lips to blow kisses!)
4. cheeks...puff puff here (puff cheeks with air, purse lips and pat cheeks with hands!)
5. eye brows... wiggle wiggle here (raise eyebrows up and down to the best of your ability)

Movements:

I make a circle around my face with my pointer finger for the first line, then point to the feature we're singing about. Keep it simple!

Visuals:

This song is enhanced by a visual. As suggested above, a felt board or drawn picture works well. You might bring in pictures of faces from magazines or books for the children to study. If you make a felt face, explore some of the multi-cultural felt colors available, and perhaps make a boy and a girl – see my pictures below (I hope some of you are more talented artists than I am!)

Age Range: Toddlers –- 4 year olds

Purpose: Body awareness, vocabulary building, self-expression, discussion-starter!

Related Songs: you may want to then sing about body parts with one of these songs:
"Sticky Bubble Gum" on Sticky Bubble Gum
"The Wiggle Song" on Sticky Bubble Gum
"The Bathtub Song" on Tiny Tunes
"I Like My Hat" on Stinky Cake

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