Like most parents, we want our children to have a great appreciation for their bodies. As they begin to understand how their bodies work, and how important it is to take care of them, we've noticed a growing interest. We found a great felt set on etsy.com, by the seller Cakeinthemorn.
They've had so much fun taking it apart, playing with the right places of felt, and reconstructing it. We leave it out on the kitchen table with a few of our human body books, and we see them looking up body parts to learn more. "The intestines look like spaghetti! I wonder why!"
We bought some large mural paper, and we traced their bodies and they drew "their insides."
Puzzles are a great way to promote team work while also learning. We took out our human body puzzle and as they put it together, we talked about the name of each bone while identifying it's place on the puzzle and in their own bodies.
To extend the topic, we found this 3-D puzzle. We love the Hall of Human Life at the Museum of Science. It's a great place to learn all about your own body.
And with Halloween coming, we've been thinking about skeletons! Depending on what you have on hand to use, a q-tip skeleton is a little spooky and prompts a discussion on proportions. Colored pasta can be used to create playful skeletons, adding joints, bones, and a hair bow!