Children will play an interactive body parts guessing game.
Understand and ask questions.
Materials and Preparation
• We provide: ‘Body parts cards’: hands, feet, shoulders, knees, mouth, eyes, head, stomach, nose, ears; ‘Suggested question list’. Click Here to download.
- Print and cut out the ‘body parts cards’ (one set for each group of children).
- Print the ‘suggested question list’ (one copy).
What will we learn?
“Today we will practice asking questions by playing a guessing game about body parts!”
What do we know?
1. “Let’s stand up and point to the body parts I call out! Point to your _____ (head, ears, feet, shoulders, eyes, nose, hands, knees, stomach, mouth)!”
2. “Great work finding these body parts! Can you tell me what your _____ (head, ears, feet, shoulders, eyes, nose, hands, knees, stomach, mouth) _____ (does, do)?”
Watch me first!
1. “Now we’re going to play a game. Watch carefully as I take a turn.”
2. “I will take a card to find out what body part I picked.” Pick a ‘body parts card’ from the pile without letting the children see the card. “Now it’s your turn to guess what body part is on my card by asking me questions about it. I can only answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.”
3. “I’ll give you a couple of examples of what you could ask me: ‘Can you move it?’, ‘Is there only one of them?’”
4. Refer to the ‘suggested question list’ as you assist the children to ask you questions, giving hints along the way of strategic questions to ask based on what information they have learned (i.e., ‘clues'). Once children have guessed the body part, show them the card.
5. If needed, do another example together to ensure understanding
Let's try it!
“Now it’s your turn!” The caregiver and child(ren) will take turns being either the ‘answerer’ or one of the ‘guessers’. Remind the ‘answerer’ to only answer with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and remind the ‘guessers’ to take turns within their group to ask questions based on the clues they have received.
What did we learn?
• “What body parts did you find easy to guess? Which ones were difficult?”
• “What was a question you asked when you were trying to guess a body part?”
• “Think about the body parts we talked about today. Which of these body parts move? Make sounds? Open and close?”
To make this activity MORE challenging:
• Add more cards. Use the provided ‘additional body parts cards’ and/or make your own using the ‘additional blank cards’.
• Encourage children to be creative and strategic with the questions as they narrow in on what body part it is (e.g., “Can you stomp with them?”, “Can you hold things with them?”)
To make this activity LESS challenging:
• Use fewer ‘body parts cards’.
• Print the provided ‘labelled body parts chart’. A child who is nonverbal can point to the chart to guess the body parts.