"Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
" is one of the best-known kids' songs and nursery rhymes, which appeared in early 1950. The tune of the song is similar to "London Bridge is Falling Down" or "There is a tavern in the Town".
Educational song to develop early literacy skills
Some of the nursery rhymes and kids' songs are educational and help little ones develop early literacy skills. "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" is also a joyful educational song that helps the preschoolers and young children to learn the body parts. The rhyme has enthralled the little ones for decades as it makes it easy for them to identify different body parts in a fun way.
"Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" is a real favorite, and is also a great way to teach co-ordination to the kids. The rhyme is accompanied by various actions, which are coordinated with words. It helps to gather child's attention and makes it easier for them to identify the body parts as they touch their head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth and nose while singing or reciting the rhyme. Lyrics to the rhyme
Lyrics to the nursery have been taken from the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the children's music database. The current version of "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" has only one verse. The second line repeats the first line both in words and melody. The melody and words in the second line is similar to the first line. The third line is sung in a bit high tone, and the fourth line repeats after the first two.
A song adapted from the traditional song uses another tune and includes the words, "Eyes and ears" and "Chin and nose".
There is another alternative from the traditional song, which starts with "Eyes" and includes "chin".
Apart from above songs, there are many derivative nursery rhymes and kids' songs that teach different body parts.