Like most toddlers, mine has a generally sound knowledge of her body. She can name the external parts and knows what the heart and lungs and brains and nerves do. We have a few excellent body books with flaps that she LOVES! The more facts, the better for her.
Sometimes she gets a bit obsessed about one part and wants to talk about it a lot. Mostly that body part just comes up in conversations and she asks many (many!) questions. Usually it’s not a big deal, especially when it’s something like a thumb or bones – which she has a firm grasp of.
When she starts talking about something she’s slightly fuzzy about, though … things get comical…. At the moment we thought she understood how the skull and brains work, but maybe not quite yet:
[As husband was getting Toddler into her carseat, he bumped her head lightly. And by the way now you’ll know her nickname!]
Husband: “Oh! I’m sorry Squisher! Is your head okay?”
Toddler: “Yeah … I’m okay. My brains didn’t come out, so I’m okay, dad.”
A few months prior to this, Toddler was playing – probably running around the house – and bumped her head rather hard on our massive wood dining table. She looked at us immediately after and tried not to cry:
Us: “Are you okay? Is your head hurt?”
Toddler: “Cedric cut my brains!”
Yes, that Cedric. (Again.)
I guess we need to review anatomy and the role of the skull!!