Monthly Archives: April 2014

About Eyeballs

"About Me" - first workbook in the series that's all about the human body.

About Me is a colorful and engaging science workbook for young children. Give your child a head start on his understanding of the human body and the world around him!

Project #1: Your Pupil’s Pupils

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This week we made some “zombie” eyes out of egg cartons. They are supposed to be a teaching tool about how pupils function, but your kids will probably have more fun with them trying to freak each other out.

First, cut out 4 egg molds from an egg carton. Paint them with a thick coat of white tempera paint. After they have dried, poke two small holes in the center tops of two molds with a sharp pencil. Then, cut two larger holes in the center tops of the remaining molds with a craft knife. These are the pupils (one pair dilated, one pair contracted).

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Next, take your sharp pencil and poke one hole into each side of the eyeballs.

Now cut a 1.5″ segment off the ends of two 12″ pipe cleaners. Cut the remaining lengths of the pipe cleaners in half.

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Instruct your child to color in the irises around the pupils. Then assist them in poking the pipe cleaners through the side holes to make glasses.

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Why we like it: You can teach your child the names of the eye parts while they are assembling the craft. When it is finished, you can have your child hold each pair of glasses tightly to his face and ask questions such as, “Which pair lets in more light?”, “Which pair would you want to shield your eyes from the bright sun?”, and “Which pair would you want if you were in a dark room?” You can even shine a flashlight onto his face while he’s wearing each pair. This helps him understand why his pupils expand and contract.

Your mouth can't help but contort when you put on these glasses!

Your mouth can’t help but contort when you put on these glasses!

 

Project #2: Glass Eyes

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This is a good project for teaching the parts of the eye, including the eyelid and the eyelash. Your kids will enjoy being able to stick them on the fridge when they’re done.

You need: flat glass marbles, Modge Podge, paint brushes, markers, brown/black construction paper, white card-stock, skin-colored card stock, and small circular magnets.

First, trace around two marbles onto white card-stock and skin-colored card stock. Cut out the white circles, and cut out the skin-colored circles into eyelid shapes (half-circles or crescents).

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Cut squares out of your brown or black construction paper the same size as the diameter of your circles. Make a thin fold on one side of each square.

Instruct your child to draw irises and pupils in the eyeballs. Next, have her cut the squares into strips (eyelashes), making sure not to cut past the fold. Help her glue the eyelids onto the tops of the marbles (using a paintbrush and Modge Podge), and hold in place for 60 seconds each. Then help her align and glue the eyelashes onto the eyelids (again, hold for 60 seconds).

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Place a small dab of Modge Podge onto the face of your paper eyeballs. Press the flat side of your marbles onto each (don’t worry, the Modge Podge dries clear). Make sure that the iris and pupil are showing below the eyelid (you might have some overhang which you can trim later).

After the project has dried, you can trim any overhang and glue magnets onto the backs.

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Why we like it:  This cool 3-D representation of the eye is a fun craft to make while you are teaching your child the parts of the eye and the functions of the eyelid and eyelash. You can find a kid-friendly article on eyelids and eyelashes on whyzz.com.

Check out a full lesson on eyes with more crafts, worksheets, and activities in our workbook, About Me !

Screen shot 2014-04-24 at 6.54This week’s activities are based on Lesson 4 from About Me.

 

Lines and Hues – the Art of Skin

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

 

Our About Me workbook includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Project #1Handy Lines

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This project is an extension of Activity #2 in Lesson 10 of About Me (Skin). First, ask your child to look closely at the lines on her hand. Then take your hand cut-out (or make a cut-out of your child’s hand with skin-colored cardstock) and have your child draw her hand lines onto the cut-out.

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Flip the cut-out over and have her draw the lines on the other side of her hand. Tape this onto the project that you have made for Activity #2.

Why we like it: This activity is a good opportunity for children to study their skin up close, as well as being a nifty drawing exercise. And those hand lines (called flexion creases) actually have a purpose! Learn all about it at whyzz.com

 

Project #2: Mini Puppets

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We really liked an idea we found on Pinterest; using paint cards to teach children about different shades of skin. We took it a bit farther and made puppets!

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Cate used one paint card, a 1″ circle punch, glue, mini craft sticks, 8mm googly eyes, and colored pencils for this project. After punching out the heads, she drew on hair and mouths, then glued on the eyes and craft sticks. We made a little home for them out of a decorated Altoids container.

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Cate also liked seeing which shade matched her skin.

Why we like it: The paint card teaches that everyone’s skin is just a different shade of the same color! This project is easy and enjoyable enough for a small child, and it turns out pretty cute. We also like to think that the puppets co-exist peacefully in the one container that we made for them.

You can read a kid-friendly explanation of skin pigment at medikidz.com

Use these ideas along with Lesson #10 in About Me!

"About Me" - first workbook in the series that's all about the human body.

“About Me” – first workbook in the series that’s all about the human body.

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Food Group Blocks

The following activities were inspired by Lesson 12 in About Me

About Me is a colorful and engaging science workbook for young children. Give your child a head start on her understanding of the human body and the world around her!

Two great manipulatives for teaching food groups:

The Project: Classic Wooden Block

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Creating decorative wood blocks is really fun, and the six-sidedness of the block (found at craft stores) has tons of educational potential. You can learn how to make decorative blocks at marthastewart.com

Our abbreviated instructions:

1. Download free clip art of food, scale them to the right size, and print them onto cardstock.

2. Cut a square around each food and glue onto the blocks with Modge Podge.

3. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge on all sides to create a smooth and protective finish (Modge Podge is non-toxic).

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Why we like it:  A block can hold six different foods, and each block can represent a specific food group. Children will become familiar with which foods belong together in a group. Also, children can line up or stack up the blocks to create a balanced meal. You can even have your child create the menu for tonight’s dinner!

 

Project #2: Mega-block Meals

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A variation of project #1 – This time we used stickers (from our About Me activity book) and mega blocks. This project was a lot less time consuming than the first.

Why we like it:  It has the same educational uses as the first project. Some differences are that mega blocks will hold together, but you can only fit four foods onto a block instead of six.

These crafts go great with Lesson 12 in About Me!
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Pilot Post – Muscles and Skin

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Welcome!

At Our Time to Learn we love fiddling with educational activity ideas. This year we are going to explore crafts and activities associated with the human body, which, by the way, go along with lessons in our first workbook: About Me!

First workbook in our series, packed with stickers, worksheets, and educational activity ideas.

First workbook in our series, About Me, is packed with stickers, worksheets, and educational activity ideas.

Our first post is fairly simple. These ideas go well with Lessons 8 & 10 (Skin, Muscles) in the workbook:

Project #1 – Leg Roll

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Make a model of a leg with bone, muscles, and skin. We took a not-quite-used-up paper towel roll and wrapped a dish towel around it. Then we measured and cut off a leg of panty-hose to use for the skin.

Why we like it: This craft helps children visualize the layers under their skin. It’s also a good representation of skin color and elasticity.

 

Project #2: Muscle Face Girl

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Paint muscles on your child’s face with face paint! We used an image found on Science Photo Library as a guide. This version of face painting will get your kids some extra attention!

Why we like it: Kids love having their faces painted! And, again, this activity teaches children about something they can’t see: the muscles under their skin.

These activities go great with the lessons on muscles and skin in About Me. Check it out at www.ourtimetolearn.com!