Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Window into the Body

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!

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This is an easy activity to assemble. Download our body systems coloring sheets, print onto thin paper, and color.

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Then stack and align the pages (in the this order: organs, skeleton, muscles, skin) and tape onto a sunny window. Make sure you just tape the top so that your child can flip up the pages.

Talk about how muscles lie beneath the skin,

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muscles cover the skeleton and organs,

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and bones protect organs.

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Why We Like It: Kids like using “x-ray vision” to see through layers of the body. This is also a good teaching aid for a lesson on how, where, and why body systems are connected.

More fun activities and worksheets in our first workbook, About Me!

Breakfast Beginnings

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!

Learn about the grain and dairy food groups with this week’s activities:

Project #1 – Yogurt for You

Making yogurt is pretty easy – all it requires is some time. You need just three things: 1/2 gallon of whole milk, 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (with active cultures) and a cooking thermometer.

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We followed a recipe found on the kitchn, and we suggest you do the same for more detailed instructions.

First, heat up the milk to just before boiling in a heavy pot. Take turns stirring constantly. This changes the protein structure of the milk.

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Cool the milk to warm. In a separate bowl, whisk one cup of the warm milk with 1/2 cup of yogurt. The yogurt contains bacteria needed to make your milk nice and thick.

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Pour this mixture back into the pot. Put a lid on the pot and keep it warm for 4 hours. We left ours in an oven with the light on.

After 4 hours, your yogurt should have thickened with some clumps. Stir, then cool in the refrigerator.

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Why We Like It: This is an easy, healthy activity in which your kids can actually witness the transformation of milk into a much-loved dairy product. Add flavors and toppings!

 

Project #2 – Grains for Brains

While you wait for the yogurt to set up, work on this fun craft:

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Breakfast cereals come in so many colors and shapes that it’s hard to tell what they’re made of. This activity will help children understand what it is they’re eating for breakfast.

You will need:

  1. Grains to Cereal worksheet  (found here under “Support Materials”) – print this out on card stock
  2. White card stock
  3. School glue
  4. Markers
  5. Rice
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Wheat kernels – found in most bulk sections of the supermarket
  8. Popcorn kernels
  9. Rice cereal
  10. Oat cereal
  11. Wheat cereal
  12. Corn cereal
  13. 8 small bowls

Grains are seeds that come from grass plants.

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wheat plant

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Present your child with bowls of grains and cereals and see if he can match which comes from which.

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Next, have your child draw a generic grass stalk in each large rectangle on the worksheet:

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Grain seeds are picked and processed (usually ground) before they are made into foods. Your child can glue the different types of seeds on each stalk:

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He can now glue the corresponding cereal into the bowls directly beneath. (He might have fun coloring the bowls, too):

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Why We Like It: Because they are using actual seeds and foods, kids will understand what cereals are made of.  They have fun feeling the different grains and sneaking bits of cereal here and there! Take the opportunity to teach them how grains are processed while they complete the craft. This activity can also be modified to include breads and/or crackers.

Check out the activities and worksheets about grains in our first workbook, About Me. Have fun!

 

 

Anatomy Ins & Outlines

Filled with activities and worksheets, About Me is a science workbook your child will want for her very own!

Use body outlines to learn about what’s inside!

Project #1: My Own Anatomy

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There are three versions of this creative and personalized project:

 

Version 1 – Body Cut-out

1. Take a photo of your child, and make sure her body fills the entire frame.

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2. Print the photo, cut out your child’s body, and trace around it onto a piece of card stock. We cut out three outlines for muscles, organs, and skeleton. Have your child draw a body system on each cut-out. You might want to have a body systems diagram handy for her to look at:

Human body systems

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3. Align the photo and body system cut-outs.

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4. Staple at the top.

 

Version 2 – Body Booklet

This version is less time-intensive. Cut some rectangular pages out of card stock and trace the photo cut-out onto each page. Have your child draw and color a body system in each outline. Glue the photo onto the first page and staple together:

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Version 3 – What’s Under?

This version may be more suitable for younger children. Trace outlines of the photo cut-out onto one piece of card stock. Help your child draw and color body systems in each. He can then take his photo and try to fit it on top of each system:

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Why We Like Them: These anatomy projects hit close to home – your child’s own body acts as the top layer! You can teach him about various body systems as he draws and colors them.

 

Project #2: Circulation Outline

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Use this project to teach how and why the circulatory and respiratory systems are connected.

You will need:

  1. Clear flexible straws (we found ours at amazon.com)
  2. Bright red pipe cleaners
  3. Body outline print-out
  4. Clear tape
  5. Two-sided tape
  6. Dark marker (purple, blue, or brown)

Before starting the activity, cut four clear flexible straws so that they are equally long on either side of the bend. Cut four identical lengths from red pipe cleaners.

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Present your child with a body outline (it shouldn’t be too big). Have him draw a heart and lungs in the correct positions. You might want to display a diagram, like the following:

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While he is drawing, show him a red pipe cleaner and explain how it is the color of blood with plenty of oxygen. As blood travels further and further from the heart, it turns darker because it loses oxygen. The blood returns to the heart and lungs to pick up more oxygen.

Give your child the straw and pipe cleaner segments. Instruct him to color half of each pipe cleaner with a dark marker.

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He can then push the pipe cleaner through the straw and bend it. Help him tape the straw into this position. Repeat with the remaining straws and pipe cleaners.

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Now you can help your child place strips of two-sided tape onto the limbs of the body outline.

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Stick the vessel straws onto the tape strips, with open ends pointing toward the heart and lungs.

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Why We Like It: This craft is an excellent representation of blood and blood vessels. The clear straws are a lot like actual blood vessels, which are translucent and tubular. It helps your child see and understand why blood circulates back to the heart and lungs.  Younger children really enjoy pushing the pipe cleaners through the straws – a great fine motor activity!

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With all the talk about blood, Erik got into a gruesome mood.

With all the talk about blood, Erik got into a gruesome mood.

Check out our first workbook at ourtimetolearn.com!

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!