Anatomical Ingredients

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

Create some edible models of human anatomy! You will need to print out a body outline and gather some dry ingredients.

Recipe #1: Kibbles & Innards

Ingredients:

  1. Dried apricot 
  2. Dried cranberry
  3. Dry lima beans or jelly beans
  4. Dry lima bean (we colored ours with a magic marker), dry kidney bean, or jelly bean
  5. Dry spaghetti or other straight pasta, q-tips, or toothpicks
  6. Cooked spaghetti

Place the ingredients in a small bowl and present it to your child. She must decide which objects represent which organs (or bones) and place them in the correct positions.

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!


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

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.

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.

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

 

 

 


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