Monthly Archives: August 2014

Touch & Identify

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

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

Project #1 – A Block Party for the Senses

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This craft introduces your child to some different textures and words to describe them.

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You will need 6 different textures for a 6 sided wooden cube. Here is what we used:

  1. Soft – fleece
  2. Sticky – decorative card stock and 2-sided tape
  3. Spikey – self-adhesive velcro
  4. Bumpy – glitter glue
  5. Smooth – decorative card stock
  6. Rough – sand paper

The velcro side is easiest – cut some strips to fit on one side of the cube, peel off the backing, and stick on.

We used wood glue for the fleece and sand paper squares (press the fleece on gently), and Modge Podge to glue on the card stock.

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For the sticky side, first glue on a card stock square, then place strips of 2-sided tape on top of that. If the tape becomes un-sticky after a lot of handling, just re-apply more tape.

Squeeze some dots of glitter glue on the remaining side and let dry.

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Why We Like It: We like the compact and colorful aspects of this educational craft. This block is not only fun to feel, but fun to look at too!

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Project #2 – Guessing Game

Use different puzzle pieces for a fun guessing game using your sense of touch-

We used alphabet, number, and shapes puzzles. Using one puzzle at a time, place the pieces in an empty tissue box. Have your child reach inside the box and grab a piece, but not pull it out. Ask him if he can tell what the piece is by feeling it. He can then pull it out and put it in it’s correct position on the puzzle board.

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Why We Like It: This activity helps your child hone in on his sense of touch – by not being able to see the puzzle pieces, he is forced to concentrate on how they feel in order to identify them. If you use numbers, letters, and shapes, you can make this activity a part of your math or reading lesson.

These activities can go along with Lesson #3 (5 senses) found in our first workbook:

Good Teeth for Good Food

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

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

Project #1 – Good Teeth

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This easy activity is an extension of Activity #3 of our Health lesson in About Me.

You will need:

  1. Large Craft Sticks
  2. Tooth Worksheet
  3. Clear Page Protector
  4. Washable Markers
  5. Sponge
  6. Glue (we used hot glue for quick drying)
  7. Scissors

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Have your child decorate both sides of a craft stick with markers. While she is doing this, cut a small rectangle out of a sponge (for the bristles). Glue the sponge onto one end of the stick. Easy!

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Print out some clip art of teeth, or use our Tooth Decay Worksheet, and place it in a page protector. Your child can draw food on the teeth and “brush” it off with her toothbrush.

Warning: Do not use water! This is not good for the colored craft sticks.

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Why We Like It: Kids love making this craft, and they love making the food particles disappear even more! This activity is a good opportunity to show children the correct way to brush, which is not only side to side, but also in little circles (see this video clip).

 

Project #2: Good Food

This simple activity explains why eating a lot of white flour products can clog you up!

Put 1/3 cup each white and wheat flour into two separate bowls. Have your child handle them – can she see and feel a difference?

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Add 3 tablespoons of water to each bowl and stir.

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When the mixtures are getting too dry, pick up the dough and form a ball of each with your hands. Which one is stickier? Which one is more likely to get stuck in your intestines?

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Why We Like It:  With this activity, children get to feel some fiber and see what happens to a starchy food product when it gets wet. Many children suffer from chronic constipation, and this  will help them understand why they should eat foods with fiber. You can find a good explanation of how wheat and white flours are processed here.

Teach your kids more about their health with our new workbook, About Me!

 

How Skinteresting!

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

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

Take a close-up look at your skin and explore what’s underneath!

Project #1 – Hand Craft Extension

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This project is another extension of Activity #2 from our Skin lesson (About Me Workbook). It gives your child the opportunity to closely examine the skin on his hand.

First, trace around your child’s hand onto a piece of card stock. Cut out with scissors.

Second, tell him to look closely at the lines on his hand and copy what he sees onto each side of the cut-out (see More About Skin).

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Now, scribble some pencil onto a piece of paper, using the side of the graphite.

Have your child rub some graphite onto the top of one of his fingers. Stick a small piece of clear tape onto the finger – a clear fingerprint will transfer onto the tape!

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Your child can now put the tape onto the corresponding finger of the cut-out. Repeat with the remaining fingers.

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Why we like it: This activity encourages children to closely analyze their skin. The lines are called flexion creases, and they are what allow us to stretch out our fingers or make a fist. You can also talk about different types of fingerprints and why they are useful.

 

Project #2 – Skin Layers

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With four different colors of play dough, pipe cleaners, and straws, you can build a simplified model of skin layers.

Each color of play dough represents a different layer of skin: surface (stratum corneum), new skin (stratum lucidum), dermis, and fat. Give your child a clump of each color, doubling up the amount for the dermis. He should form a flat rectangle out of each clump (two rectangles for the dermis).

Teach your child about the layers of the skin and show him a diagram like the following:

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As he builds his skin, be sure your child puts straws (blood vessels) inside the dermis. Cut pipe cleaner pieces (hair) long enough to stick all the way down into the dermis from the surface.

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Why we like it: This simple activity will help explain why, when your child gets a scrape, the skin underneath is pink. It will also show where hair begins to grow and that there are blood vessels within his skin.

Check out the original Hand Craft activity in our first workbook, About Me!

 

Anatomical Ingredients

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

About Me(our first workbook) includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Create some edible models of human anatomy!

Recipe #1 – Human Filling

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Present your child with a human body outline and a bowl of small objects. She must decide which objects represent which organs (or bones) and place them in the correct positions.

Ingredients:

  1. Brain – dried apricot 
  2. Heart – dried cranberry
  3. Lungs – dry lima beans or jelly beans
  4. Stomach – dry lima bean (we colored ours with a magic marker), dry kidney bean, or jelly bean
  5. Bones – dry spaghetti or other straight pasta, q-tips, or toothpicks
  6. Esophagus – cooked spaghetti
  7. Intestines – cooked spaghetti

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Place your ingredients in a small bowl. Place it in front of your child with an outline of a human body. To help get her started, ask questions like, “Which of these objects could be the bones? Why?” or “Which object looks most like a stomach?” She will have fun trying to figure it out!

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Why we like it: This is a great activity for reviewing what your child has learned in our first workbook, About Me. It is simple enough for a preschooler and interesting for older children. Also, this puzzle encourages children to think about and identify the qualities of each organ compared to the objects in the bowl. You can expand the activity to include more organs and bones, and there are many options for objects that you can use.

 

Recipe #2 – Celery Stick Figure

Our take on this popular food craft is a simple way to teach about the layers of the human body:

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Ingredients:

  1. 5-6 celery stalks (limbs and torso)
  2. Cream Cheese
  3. Cucumber (head)
  4. Raisins (eyes)
  5. Carrot (one circle slice cut into a semicircle, for the mouth)
  6. Fruit Rope (optional hair)

Trim off the ends of each celery stalk. Line four of them up and cut them in two, one half being slightly longer than the other (arms and legs). Cut one other stalk exactly in half (torso). The curve of each stick needs to be a perfect semicircle, so trim accordingly. Fill each stalk brimming with cream cheese.

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Now, with your child, take a close look at the insides of a celery stick. Explain how it is a lot like our bodies, with veins, meat (muscle), and skin. Have your child help you put two sticks together to form a limb. The cream cheese in the center represents a bone.

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Once you have the arms, legs, and torso put together, you can now assemble a stick figure.     Admire, then chow down!

Why we like it: This craft is a healthy, simple, and effective introduction to the layers underneath our skin. You can also use it to review principles your child has learned about the muscular and circulatory systems.

Use these activities in conjunction with those found in About Me, an engaging workbook about the human body!