Category Archives: Skin

Activity ideas about skin

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!

 

Injuries

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About Me is a colorful and engaging science workbook for young children – get a jump start on your child’s understanding of life and the world around him!

Little people are used to getting lots of bumps and scrapes, and they might be curious about why they happen and how they get better.

For the projects on today’s post, you will need paper towels, a piece card stock, a drinking straw, grape juice, a piece of string or yarn, a hole punch, tape, and scissors.

Have your child place one arm on a piece of card stock, and the other arm on a paper towel. Trace around each. Cut out the card stock arm.

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Project #1: Bruises

With some grape juice (blood) and a straw (blood vessel), you can introduce your child to the circulatory system.  Have her drink some juice with the straw.

Place a paper towel on a table. Cut your straw in half (hopefully, there will be some residual drops inside) and place it on the paper towel.  Lay the paper towel with the arm tracing on top.

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You can explain to your child that bruises happen when her skin gets hit or bumped, and the blood vessels underneath break and leak out blood. Have your child hit the arm tracing. This should cause some juice drops to fly out of the straw and create a “bruise.”

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Why we like it: This project is easy and action packed! And, like with a lot of our activities, it shows children what’s going on underneath their skin.

 

Project #2: Stitches

This activity is especially captivating for the aspiring surgeon-

Have your child draw a cut on the card stock arm.

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Assist your child in punching out an equal number of holes on either side of the cut.

Cut a 2 inch piece of drinking straw for the needle. Cut one end at an angle, so it is pointed. Now snip out two small opposite holes on the other end (for the eye).

Wrap a small piece of tape tightly around one end of a piece of yarn. Thread the yarn through the eye of your needle. Tape the other end of the yarn to the back side of the arm. Show your child how to “sew” the stitches.

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Why we like it: Children love an opportunity to “sew.” While you are making the craft, you can explain how cuts heal and why bigger cuts need a little extra help. Your child can also draw smaller cuts on the arm and put band-aids on them.

More activities, worksheets and stickers, in Lesson 18 (Injuries) of our first workbook, About Me!

Lines and Hues – the Art of Skin

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

 

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

Project #1Handy Lines

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This project is an extension of Activity #2 in Lesson 10 of About Me (Skin). First, ask your child to look closely at the lines on her hand. Then take your hand cut-out (or make a cut-out of your child’s hand with skin-colored cardstock) and have your child draw her hand lines onto the cut-out.

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Flip the cut-out over and have her draw the lines on the other side of her hand. Tape this onto the project that you have made for Activity #2.

Why we like it: This activity is a good opportunity for children to study their skin up close, as well as being a nifty drawing exercise. And those hand lines (called flexion creases) actually have a purpose! Learn all about it at whyzz.com

 

Project #2: Mini Puppets

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We really liked an idea we found on Pinterest; using paint cards to teach children about different shades of skin. We took it a bit farther and made puppets!

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Cate used one paint card, a 1″ circle punch, glue, mini craft sticks, 8mm googly eyes, and colored pencils for this project. After punching out the heads, she drew on hair and mouths, then glued on the eyes and craft sticks. We made a little home for them out of a decorated Altoids container.

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Cate also liked seeing which shade matched her skin.

Why we like it: The paint card teaches that everyone’s skin is just a different shade of the same color! This project is easy and enjoyable enough for a small child, and it turns out pretty cute. We also like to think that the puppets co-exist peacefully in the one container that we made for them.

You can read a kid-friendly explanation of skin pigment at medikidz.com

Use these ideas along with Lesson #10 in About Me!

"About Me" - first workbook in the series that's all about the human body.

“About Me” – first workbook in the series that’s all about the human body.

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Pilot Post – Muscles and Skin

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Welcome!

At Our Time to Learn we love fiddling with educational activity ideas. This year we are going to explore crafts and activities associated with the human body, which, by the way, go along with lessons in our first workbook: About Me!

First workbook in our series, packed with stickers, worksheets, and educational activity ideas.

First workbook in our series, About Me, is packed with stickers, worksheets, and educational activity ideas.

Our first post is fairly simple. These ideas go well with Lessons 8 & 10 (Skin, Muscles) in the workbook:

Project #1 – Leg Roll

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Make a model of a leg with bone, muscles, and skin. We took a not-quite-used-up paper towel roll and wrapped a dish towel around it. Then we measured and cut off a leg of panty-hose to use for the skin.

Why we like it: This craft helps children visualize the layers under their skin. It’s also a good representation of skin color and elasticity.

 

Project #2: Muscle Face Girl

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Paint muscles on your child’s face with face paint! We used an image found on Science Photo Library as a guide. This version of face painting will get your kids some extra attention!

Why we like it: Kids love having their faces painted! And, again, this activity teaches children about something they can’t see: the muscles under their skin.

These activities go great with the lessons on muscles and skin in About Me. Check it out at www.ourtimetolearn.com!