About Me is a colorful and engaging science workbook for young children. Give your child a head start on his understanding of the human body and the world around him!
Project #1: Your Pupil’s Pupils
This week we made some “zombie” eyes out of egg cartons. They are supposed to be a teaching tool about how pupils function, but your kids will probably have more fun with them trying to freak each other out.
First, cut out 4 egg molds from an egg carton. Paint them with a thick coat of white tempera paint. After they have dried, poke two small holes in the center tops of two molds with a sharp pencil. Then, cut two larger holes in the center tops of the remaining molds with a craft knife. These are the pupils (one pair dilated, one pair contracted).
Next, take your sharp pencil and poke one hole into each side of the eyeballs.
Now cut a 1.5″ segment off the ends of two 12″ pipe cleaners. Cut the remaining lengths of the pipe cleaners in half.
Instruct your child to color in the irises around the pupils. Then assist them in poking the pipe cleaners through the side holes to make glasses.
Why we like it: You can teach your child the names of the eye parts while they are assembling the craft. When it is finished, you can have your child hold each pair of glasses tightly to his face and ask questions such as, “Which pair lets in more light?”, “Which pair would you want to shield your eyes from the bright sun?”, and “Which pair would you want if you were in a dark room?” You can even shine a flashlight onto his face while he’s wearing each pair. This helps him understand why his pupils expand and contract.
Project #2: Glass Eyes
This is a good project for teaching the parts of the eye, including the eyelid and the eyelash. Your kids will enjoy being able to stick them on the fridge when they’re done.
You need: flat glass marbles, Modge Podge, paint brushes, markers, brown/black construction paper, white card-stock, skin-colored card stock, and small circular magnets.
First, trace around two marbles onto white card-stock and skin-colored card stock. Cut out the white circles, and cut out the skin-colored circles into eyelid shapes (half-circles or crescents).
Cut squares out of your brown or black construction paper the same size as the diameter of your circles. Make a thin fold on one side of each square.
Instruct your child to draw irises and pupils in the eyeballs. Next, have her cut the squares into strips (eyelashes), making sure not to cut past the fold. Help her glue the eyelids onto the tops of the marbles (using a paintbrush and Modge Podge), and hold in place for 60 seconds each. Then help her align and glue the eyelashes onto the eyelids (again, hold for 60 seconds).
Place a small dab of Modge Podge onto the face of your paper eyeballs. Press the flat side of your marbles onto each (don’t worry, the Modge Podge dries clear). Make sure that the iris and pupil are showing below the eyelid (you might have some overhang which you can trim later).
After the project has dried, you can trim any overhang and glue magnets onto the backs.
Why we like it: This cool 3-D representation of the eye is a fun craft to make while you are teaching your child the parts of the eye and the functions of the eyelid and eyelash. You can find a kid-friendly article on eyelids and eyelashes on whyzz.com.
Check out a full lesson on eyes with more crafts, worksheets, and activities in our workbook, About Me !