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Parts of the Body: Teaching Children Italian

By Jacqueline Chinappi

This lesson will consist of teaching children parts of the body in the Italian language. Try these fun activities, worksheets, index cards, and audio files in your classroom.


Using this lesson plan, you will help children learn the Italian names for the common body parts they already know like the head, mouth, eyes and more. Have fun with your little Italian language learners using these memorization and song exercises!

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes!

1. Print out Worksheets and Index Cards from the media files for Teaching Children Italian: Part 6. This worksheet is to be cut on the Italian Flag lines and made into index cards. This is how you will start teaching your child the names of body parts in Italian. Each index card will have the English name for each body part and the corresponding word in Italian.

2. Have children find pictures of each body part and paste on the opposite side of the index card with the correct corresponding name. This will help with the testing later on. Have children study these cards.

3. Have children practice by listening to you say the words and then repeating.

4. Test children using the index cards. Show the picture of the body part and have them state how we say this body part in Italian. For every body part they do not get correct, have them write this word in Italian three times. This method will help each child to associate the picture with the name.

5. Have children sing the "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" song in Italian. Replace the English words with the Italian words! Another fun activity is doing the hokey pokey, replacing English words for the body parts with Italian words!

6. After you think the child has grasped all of the body part names, test the child without the pictures. Have the child sit down and fill out the last worksheet which will have either the English or Italian word for each body part. The child is to fill in the corresponding word.

Once this lesson is completed, children should be able to apply the Italian language to body parts. In our next lesson we will look at common outside items.

Beginning Grammar

This series is now continuing with an article on using pronouns and the verb “piacere”, meaning like, with the vocabulary learned so far.