Spanish Body Parts Terms

Spanish body parts can quickly introduce traditional Spanish vocabulary to your students. With simple terms, you can differentiate your instruction to incorporate more than vocabulary.

In each part of the Spanish lesson, you can add various teaching components to carry students from essential to advanced learning. In addition to basic knowledge, you also use fun, engaging songs, feelings, and the five senses to elevate each part of the lesson.  

Learning the Spanish Body Parts

When introducing the Spanish body parts terms, start with the common names like head, arms, and legs. Once students master learning these basic terms, move to more advanced names. Vocabulary terms like details of the face or body encourage students to learn more.

Spanish Vocabulary of Body Parts

Students will assimilate with terms they can identify easily by looking in a mirror or a self-portrait. For instance, begin by pointing out the sections of your body parts and model to students.

In that way, young learners will be able to correlate each English with the Spanish term.  

  • head = cabeza
  • eyes = ojos 
  • nose = nariz
  • ears = orejas
  • mouth = boca
  • neck = cuello
  • arms = brazos
  • hands = manos
  • legs = piernas
  • feet = pies
  • shoulders = hombros
  • elbows = codos
  • wrists = muñecas
  • chest = pecho
  • hips = caderas
  • knees = rodillas
  • ankles = tobillos
  • toes = dedos

After establishing a foundational introduction, you can add more details to your vocabulary terms. Using differentiation in each case will help students add more words.

Spanish body parts

You can do so by using feelings or emotions showing facial expressions or when you create movement. 

  • brain = cabeza
  • hearing = oído/escuchar
  • sight = vista/veer
  • smell = olfato/oler
  • taste = gusto/gustar
  • touch = tacto/tocar

Facial Features of Body Parts 

  • eyebrows (cejas) 
  • eyelids (párpados) 
  • eyelashes (pestañas)
  • cheeks (mejillas) 
  • teeth (dientes)
  • tongue (lengua) 
  • hair (cabello)
  • lips (labios) 
  • forehead (frente) 
  • chin (pera)

Additional Body Terms

  • fingers (dedos)
  • fingernails (uñas)
  • wrists (muñecas)
  • knuckles (nudillos)
  • forearm (antebrazo)
  • upper arm (parte superior del brazo)
  • thigh (muslo)
  • calf (pantorrilla)
  • heel (talón)
  • shin (espinilla)

By using the five senses, children will be able to identify each body part associated with each sense. Whether you use feelings or the five senses to supplement your instruction, each part of the lesson adds vocabulary and more profound level thinking.

With each learning of the Spanish body parts, children can learn a fun song to go along. Perhaps, you’ve heard of it before in previous preschool lessons. 

Body Parts Spanish Song

Preschoolers grasp vocabulary easily when you sing fun songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Whether you sing it in English or Spanish, children will recall terms when they associate them with the lyrics of the song. 

Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes Song

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

And eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, 

Knees and toes

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, y pies

rodillas y pies

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies

rodillas y pies

Y ojos, y orejas, y boca, y nariz

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, y pies

rodillas y pies

Spanish Body Parts Worksheets

Use the bilingual English and Spanish body parts worksheets (Science Section) to introduce and expand the children’s vocabulary. In each sheet, the reading text highlights specific terms.

As each child identifies each word, use the passage to read, and expand individual learning. An ideal way to transition each reading passage is to print each passage in different colors.

That is, integrate the basic vocabulary by moving from basic text passage to advanced reading. Also, you can use the cut and paste terms. Cut the words and paste them in each appropriate box.

Then, encourage children to say the words in English and Spanish. Further, deepen the learning by reading the words in each reading passage.

A valuable way to conclude the theme of body parts learning is to emphasize staying healthy. Maintaining a balanced diet and exercise are worthy aspects to point out during this theme.

More importantly, you can also address washing your hands and tips to avoid getting sick. Young learners need constant reminders of good hygiene.

That is, create anchor charts or colorful posters to remember five rulers of staying healthy:

  • wash your hands for 20 seconds,
  • use your elbow when you have to sneeze,
  • don’t touch your face,
  • stay home when you’re sick,
  • see your doctor 

Learning the Spanish body parts terms can consist of simple lessons or advanced options. Consider ways students learn in your class to incorporate fun ways to learn even the simplest of terms.  

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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