Category Archives: Skeletal System

Activities about your skeleton

A Handy Activity About Bones

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!

This activity is super easy and goes perfectly with our workbook lessons #6 & #8.

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You need a glove, flexible straws, and scissors.

Help your child cut five straws to fit inside the fingers of one glove. You will probably need to cut from both ends.

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Assist your child in sliding the straws into each finger, making sure the end with the flex goes in first.

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Hold the straws in place at the bottom of the glove while your child feels and bends the fingers.

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Why We Like It: It is sometimes difficult for a very young child to grasp what is under his skin. This activity can help him understand how bones form the structure of his hand. This is also a good opportunity to teach your child about joints.

Learn more ways to teach about the human body with our workbook, About Me.

 

Teeth

Workbook for ages 4-6, all about the human body

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

There’s a reason why your teeth have different shapes. Today’s post will explore teeth and why they look the way they do.

Project #1: Know Your Roots

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You will need white and red play dough (we used Crayola Model Magic).

Separate your white play dough into 20 small, equal pieces.

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Form teeth by pinching one end of each piece (the root of the tooth) and indenting the other side (the top of the tooth). A standard child’s mouth, before they start losing teeth, will contain:

8 molars, 8 incisors, and 4 canines.

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  • Incisors help bite pieces from food.
  • Canines help hold and tear food apart.
  • Molars help grind food.

You will need to let the teeth dry and harden (either overnight, or in the oven.)

Now you can mold 2 sets of gums out of your red play dough. Use a diagram like the following to help you insert your teeth into the correct positions:

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You will probably think that this set of teeth needs serious orthodontic attention, but your child will think it’s cool.

Why we like it: With this model, you can teach your child about the different types of teeth and what they’re for. You can see what an entire tooth looks like and learn which position each takes in your mouth. Have a mirror handy for your child to study her own teeth during the lesson.

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Project #2: Animal Teeth Shapes

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Extend your discussion about teeth shapes with this fun activity about animal teeth!

You will need white (or mostly white) paper cups and scissors.

First, cut a rectangular section, about 2 – 2 1/2″ long, out of the top of your cup.

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Then decide which type of animal teeth you want to create. Carnivores have sharp teeth for eating raw meat. Herbivores have sharp incisors for chewing up plants, and rodents have long, sharp incisors (that never stop growing!) for chopping into tough nuts and seeds.

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Lion and Tiger

horse&camel

Camel and Horse

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Rat and Squirrel

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Hippo and Crocodile

Ahhhhhhh!

Ahhhhhhh!

Cut out your desired teeth shapes. You may need to draw a template on the inside of the cup piece to help guide your child.

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Why we like it: This project is a great accompaniment to a lesson on teeth shapes because certain animals have only one type of front teeth, depending on what they eat. Focusing on one animal at a time can really help your child learn the names of each type of tooth. He will also love acting goofy (or scary!) with his new teeth!

More activity ideas, PLUS WORKSHEETS AND STICKERS, about the human body in our first workbook, About Me.

Bones and Joints

These projects help demonstrate the usefulness of bones and joints, and compliment the projects and activities found in our first workbook, About Me.

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: Bendy Bones

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This skeleton model craft can help you teach your child about some major joints in the body: the neck, knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles.

You will need: 9 bendy straws, 4 pipe cleaners (1 must be white), scissors, a hole puncher, 1 large marshmallow, and a black marker.

First, cut 4 pipe cleaners and 9 straws, like so (click to enlarge):

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Straws: 5 small, 2 medium, and 2 large

Pipe Cleaners: 2 uncut, 1 half cut, and 3 small (approx. 3″)

The two largest pipe cleaners will form the legs and torso. Place one large straw piece over one of the legs, making sure a little pipe cleaner is poking out one end. Put the other large straw piece onto the other leg. Twist the remaining ends of the pipe cleaners together all the way up.

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Have your child cut 5 small square “spine” pieces out of some leftover straw. Have him thread these down the torso to the legs. Then thread one of the small straw pieces down on top of these (this will be the upper body).

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Punch two holes on either side of the upper body piece with a hole puncher, just below the bend (for the arm socket). Then cut three slits down either side beneath the holes (for the rib sockets).

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Flatten and fold one end of a medium straw piece (arm).

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Push it through both punched holes. Fold then slide your other medium piece of straw through the first to form the second arm. Push the medium pipe cleaner all the way through both arms.

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Now for the feet and hands – flatten and fold the remaining 4 small straw pieces and push them into the ends of the legs and arms.

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Your child can cut 5 slits in each to make fingers and toes.

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For the ribs, thread the 3 small pieces of pipe cleaner through the 3 slits below the arms – bend into C shapes.

Push a large marshmallow down through the top pipe cleaners to the body. Cut off any excess pipe cleaner.

Your child can now draw on a skeleton face. A black Sharpie works best.

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Why we like it: This fun and workable model of the human skeleton is a good way to introduce your child to his joints. It also demonstrates the form and function of the spine.

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Project #2: Organ Cage

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With this activity, you can teach your child that not only do bones hold us up, but they also protect some of our most important organs.

Print out our Organ Cage worksheet (found here under “Support Materials”)

Have your child color the worksheet while you make the ribs template.

Fold a sheet of white paper in half width-wise. Cut a skull and neck bone shape out of the top. Then draw rows of horizontal lines running just short of both edges:

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Now flip the paper over and fold each side again to meet the middle crease.

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Have your child cut along every line, being careful not to cut beyond the ends.

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Cut out every other rib:

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Tape the back vertical edges together:

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Now your child can draw a skeleton face:

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Cut the Lungs and Heart worksheet along the border lines. Roll it into a tube.

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Fit the tube inside the rib cage and tape to secure.

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Why we like it: This is a quick and easy visual that demonstrates how the heart and lungs fit inside the ribcage. You could also develop this craft to show how the skull protects the brain.

These activities are a perfect complement to Lesson 6 (Bones) in our workbook, About Me!

"About Me" - first workbook in the series

“About Me” – first workbook in the series