Mein Körper

We did a review of body parts in school this morning. I reviewed the body parts we learned at our last lesson and added a few more:

  • die Haare
  • der Arm
  • der Hand
  • das Bein

We sang “Kopf, Schulter, Knie und Fuß” again. It’s such a great song for this age group! It gets them involved and active. Plus, they already know the melody and get the idea of the song. Makes it easy to teach it! I think last time we sang the song, we all just stayed seated. But I found that having them stand and do it helped get them more into it. I’ll remember that for next time, too!

We read a different book this time: Das bin ich. Ich zeig es dir by Heinz Janisch (Tyrolia, 2015). It’s a really fun rhyming book that introduces all the main body parts. And ends with a laugh and smile in the mirror! I decided not to translate it for them, as I often do. Instead, I read the page and then asked them where the body part was.


I sent the children home with a different worksheet. You can download it here: Mein Korper – GitA (PDF)


Head, Shoulder, Knees, and … Feet!

Today at school, we brought back a favorite lesson from last year: Body Parts! The children loved singing the German version of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” – which says Fuß instead of toes 🙂

We started off with the 8 body parts in the song:

  • der Kopf
  • die Schulter
  • das Knie
  • der Fuß
  • die Augen
  • die Ohren
  • die Nase
  • der Mund

Then we got to sing the song! In case you need the German words to the song, it goes like this:

Kopf und Schulter, Knie und Fuß, Knie und Fuß.
Kopf und Schulter, Knie und Fuß, Knie und Fuß.
Augen, Ohren, Nase, und Mund.
Kopf und Schulter, Knie und Fuß, Knie und Fuß.

We also did the Fingerspiel about the mouse family. (You can find it in my last teaching post: about Counting Mice.) And we read Eric Carle’s Von Kopf bis Fuß (Gerstenberg, 2011).


Finally, the children got to do a coloring page I created with all those body parts they learned at the beginning of the lesson:


Download the coloring page in PDF here: Kopf Schulter Knie Fuß Malvorlage GitA

Alles über mich!

For our first session of Lesestunde (Story Hour), I like to do a topic that is all about “ME!” So we read books and sing songs about the body and feelings. For the end of the session, I prepared a few variations of activities, so the children could also report on themselves.

Download the PDF file here: das-lied-uber-mich

Here are the books we read:

  • Heute bin ich by Mies van Hout (2015)
  • Das bin ich by Heinz Janisch & Birgit Antoni (2014)
  • Von Kopf bis Fuß by Eric Carle (2011)

And here are the songs we sang:

  • “Wenn du glücklich bist”
  • “Meine Finger, Meine Finger” (Die 30 Besten Spiel- und Bewegungslieder, Vol. 3)
  • “Kopf und Schulter, Knie und Fuß”
  • “Das Lied über mich” (Volker Rosin)

You can download all the lyrics here: lieder-16-sept-2016 (PDF)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

To go along with the latest theme on Body Parts, I also created a coloring page to accompany the song “Kopf und Schulter, Knee und Fuß”.

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Kopf Schulter Knie Fuß Malvorlage (PDF)

In case you need the German words to the song, it goes like this:

Kopf und Schulter, Knie und Fuß, Knie und Fuß.
Kopf und Schulter, Knie und Fuß, Knie und Fuß.
Augen, Ohren, Nase, und Mund.
Kopf und Schulter, Knie und Fuß, Knie und Fuß.


Body Parts Game

I saw an idea for a body parts game as I browsed through Pinterest one day. Here is the result:

Körperteile Spiel

We played this game during story hour last week, and it was a big hit! It probably would have helped to do a quick review of the six body parts in the game before we started playing. Next time!  We played the simpler version of the game. Even though there was no competition involved – and hence no winner – the children really enjoyed it. They wanted to take it home, but we decided to save the game boards and body parts to play again at another story hour 🙂

Here’s how it works:


  1. Download the Körpertiele Spiel document above.
  2. Print out the images of the boys, one color (p. 2) and one grayscale (p. 3), per player. Print on cardstock, or you can laminate them for longer use!
  3. Cut out the colored image of the boy. Then cut him up into body parts: head, arms, hands, torso, legs, and feet.
  4. Print out one copy of the page with the body parts in squares. Again, laminate if you wish. Cut out the squares and tape them to the foam die.

 Additional materials (optional):

2½-inch foam die

 Rules of the game:


  • Each child gets a “game board” with a grayscale image of the boy and one set of body parts in color.
  • Children take turns rolling the die. Whatever body part s/he rolls, s/he can put on to the grayscale body.
  • The first child to complete the boy wins!
  • *If you don’t have a die, you could use the squares as cards, and children take turns drawing a card.
  • *Of course, when they roll a body part, they have to say the word!


For a simpler version with younger children:

  • Children take turns rolling the die.
  • Each child says the name of the body part, while all children add the body part to their grayscale body pictures.