About Me is a colorful and engaging science workbook for young children. Get a head start on your child’s understanding of the human body and the world around him!
Introduce your child to genetics with these fun craft ideas!
Project #1: Family Connection – we’ve modified the standard paper doll pattern to create adult and child-sized people.
First, fold a sheet of paper into 4ths width-wise:
Be aware that one half of your paper will form the adults and the other half the children. If you are planning on making just one adult, then you are done folding the adult side . The same applies to the other, child side.
When making more than one adult or child, proceed to fold your paper again into 8ths, accordion-style:
This will make 2 adults and 2 children.
For our example, we have made 2 adults and 4 children. We folded the child side of the paper further (16ths) and left the adult side in 8ths:
*If you want to make 3 children, then fold that side of the paper into 6ths.
Now you can cut out the dolls. Keep your paper folded in the two separate sections and make sure that the arms of the adults and children are aligned. Cut out a half-figure on the fold sides of the paper:
To flatten, you can iron the dolls on your iron’s lowest setting. Have your child color each member of his family.
Why we like it: Children enjoy the fact that each figure is cut out, and this motivates them to color and decorate them. These paper dolls are a great opportunity to talk to your child about inheritance, and also about how his physical features connect him to other members of his family.
Project #2: Trait Tree
For this project you will need skin-colored card stock, 2 sheets of white card stock, a craft circle punch, a standard hole punch, markers, scissors, glue and felt.
First, punch out 7 skin-colored circles with a craft punch (heads), and 14 white circles with a hole punch (eyeballs). The heads will represent your child’s grandparents, parents, and himself. This arrangement can be easily modified for alternate family situations.
Next, have your child glue two eyes onto the middle of each head (make room for hair).
He can then color the irises and pupils in each pair of eyes, and draw a mouth on each face.
While he is doing this, cut some hair out of felt for each head.
When your child is ready, show him how to arrange the heads in a family tree formation onto a piece of white card stock. Glue each head in place, then glue on the hair. Draw lines from each set of grandparents to the parents, and then to the child.
Why we like it: This project helps your child visualize which family traits have been passed on to his parents, and then on to him. It also can give him a greater feeling of connectedness to his family and extended family. Children enjoy learning how to use punch tools, and they like the feeling of the felt for hair.
Your child may even want to create a funky tree out of his diagram!
These activities were inspired by Lesson 1 of About Me, the first workbook in the Our Time to Learn series: