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Head, shoulders, knees, and toes in French: nursery rhyme

head shoulders knees and toes in french

There is a good reason everyone in the English-speaking world knows “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes“. This famous song, with its great rhythm and accompanying gestures, is an ideal way to teach children different body parts. Our little ones just love singing it and have such a good time repeating the movements. It’s learning made fun, but it’s also an amazing workout for our mini singers and dancers. And let’s be real, one of the best moments of parenting is when your child is completely tuckered out! If you’re teaching your baby or toddler French, you’ll be happy to know that “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes” in French is just as exciting and engaging as its English counterpart.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes in French: lyrics

In French, the song is actually “head, shoulders, knees, and feet” instead of “toes” and it goes:

Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds.
Genoux et pieds.
Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds.
Genoux et pieds.
J’ai deux yeux, deux oreilles,
Une bouche et un nez.
Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds.
Head, shoulders, knees, and feet.
Knees and feet.
Head, shoulders, knees, and feet.
Knees and feet.
I have two eyes, two ears,
A mouth and a nose.
Head, shoulders, knees, and feet.

Since it’s short and repetitive, it’s an excellent song for babies and toddlers. Even if your child is still an infant and unable to replicate the sounds or the gestures, you can sing this song to them slowly during bath time to get them used to the words and the corresponding body part. Older kids get very excited when you vary up the speed and are better able to coordinate their movements with the tempo.

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Head – tête

tête

Shoulders – épaules

épaules

Knees – genoux

genoux

Feet – pieds

pieds

Eyes – yeux

yeux

Ears – oreilles

oreilles

Mouth – bouche

bouche

Nose – nez

nez

And in case you’re wondering what “toes” is in French:

Toes – orteilles

orteilles

While there are many versions of “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes” in French, this is one that we love to jam out to:

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