Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – Activities for Pre-Readers


Reading is all about building confidence and having-a-go.

One way to do this, is to use nursery rhymes or songs your child knows.

Either add images to the lyrics for your child to ‘read’ or let them look at the words as they are singing.

At this stage of reading development, it does not matter whether your child is memorising the words it is about connecting spoken word to written word.

I have created two sheets which you can download for free with images attached to the lyrics Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

heads shoulders lyrics

The second sheet is an activity sheet, your child can colour the image, point to the images and words, and read the words below.

heads shoulders image

Free PDF download Sheet One – Heads shoulders knees and toes lyrics

Free PDF download Sheet Two – Heads shoulders knees and toes image

Remind them to write their name – even if their name only consists of lines and circles. It is all about confidence building. Confidence in their ability to read and write.

Other ideas around the song, Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes you may like to use:

  • Record them ‘reading’ and singing the lyrics for them to send to family/friends or replay at a later date
  • Ask them to draw a picture of themselves to label with their head, shoulder, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, nose.
  • Make a booklet out of the song, for them to read.
  • Write the lyrics for your child to draw the images of the various body parts.
  • Cut the song into strips and ask your child to put it back in order – remind them to sing the song to see if it matches.

Remember, to keep learning fun. Watch for signs of disinterest in your child.

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