For a while now I have been teaching my eldest and (some what my youngest) about the Human Body with this great DVD called Human Biology by PeterWeatherall. Which goes through many of the body's system and has a great catchy song that accompanies each body system, but to help my youngest really fathom the Human Body I wanted to give her some more 'hands on' experience to really understand how we work.
Don't worry I didn't take her to the local morgue or anything like that. I did however, find a great book with some age appropriate experiments to do and it was a bargain price of $5 woo hoo and really who can pass up a bargain???
|Mini scientist My Body by Lisa Burke|
So here is the first one I did with her, BODY DETECTIVES
What you will need.
1. A big sheet of Butcher paper
2. Colour construction paper (lots of different colours depending on how many organs you want to do0
3. A black texta for drawing the organs and labelling them
5. Double sided sticky tape or glue or blue tak (depending on if you want to take the organs on and off to do the project over and over again)
|Draw around your child's body and stick up on wall|
|'The Body' ended up falling down so we did the activity on the floor Here she is ready to stick on the lungs|
|Lungs are on|
|Brain now going on no help needed with this one. Even Miss A watched and tried to 'help' much to the disgust of her older sister|
|Liver on. As you can see it is slightly over sized but I had to help with this one and explain where it went. She had a slight idea but we have not really talked much about the Liver and its many functions yet.|
|Large Intestine going on she knew all about this one she even lines it up so 'poster S' could poop.|
|Finished Product and a happy girl. Although I am aware it is not Anatomically correct.|
We then watched some of the Human Biology DVD again. It is divided up into segments so we watched the digestive system, Respiratory System, Nervous System and Circulatory system to back up what we have learnt.
If I was to do this again I would add the Oesophagus, Pancreas and the Gall Bladder just to make it more interesting and last a bit longer as an activity.
I hope you enjoyed this blog and find this a great activity to do for the cold winter days ahead or if you are in the Northern Hemisphere an activity to do when you are inside because it is too hot.