Learning about Body Parts with Madeline

Learning about Parts of the Body with the book Madeline


This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. In all honesty, I cannot remember ever reading this book before now!


If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book, it is about a little girl named Madeline who lives in what I am assuming is a French boarding school (or orphanage). The illustrations are filled with famous  French places. Poor Madeline suffers from appendicitis and has to go to the hospital. After seeing the special treatment Madeline gets after her surgery, all the other little girls start complaining about appendix problems too!


Little Sister has been learning about body parts, so I thought this would be a great time to review the parts of the body using band-aids (since Madeline surely had to use lots of band-aids after her surgery). For older kids, this would be a great time to talk about the appendix and where it can be found in our bodies.


Here’s what you’ll need:

Madeline book




Picture of Madeline (I just hand-drew mine, but you can find pictures online)

Magnet tape


Learning about Body Parts with Madeline

1. Hand-draw your picture of Madeline and laminate. I also laminated a couple band-aids.



Learning about Body Parts with Madeline

2. Add magnet tape to the back of the laminated band-aids. Little Sister doesn’t have the fine motor abilities to pick up something that is so thin, so I taped the band-aid onto a clothespin and put magnet tape on the back of the clothespin. This makes it easier for her to pick up.


Learning about Body Parts with Madeline

3. Ask your little one to put the band-aid on various parts of Madeline’s body (head, shoulders, fingers, toes, tummy, etc).



Learning about Body Parts with Madeline



Learning about Body Parts with Madeline



Learning about Body Parts with Madeline

Little Sister wanted to put the band-aids on herself as well!


Check out more great activities to try after reading Madeline:


Madeline Snack  ::  Still Playing School

Exploring Art & Color ::  Mama Miss

Made”line” Sensory Tray Writing  ::  Growing Book by Book

Madeline Movement Game  ::  Mom Inspired Life

Toddler Shape Activity for Madeline  ::  The Pleasantest Thing

Build the Eiffel Tower  ::  Inspiration Laboratories

Skip Counting by 2’s with Madeline  ::  Rainy Day Mum

Madeline-inspired Math Activity with Flowers  ::  The Educator’s Spin on It

Madeline Small World Sensory Play  ::  Study at Home Mama

Doubles Activity for Preschoolers  ::  Toddler Approved

Name in Bed Puzzle & Name Writing Activity  ::  Preschool Powol Packets

Color Pattern Craft Sticks  ::  3 Dinosaurs



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