I have been wanting to do this activity for awhile since Little Tiger started asking about parts of her body and how they work. By the end of this activity I was impressed at how much she understood and I’m excited about all the new questions she has developed. This was a great introductory activity to human anatomy and even feels a bit fitting for the season as Halloween approaches and skeleton decorations appear.
1. Lay your kiddo on a piece of paper that is large enough to trace around their whole body.
We started out on brown paper, but for better pictures we switched to using 2 white foam boards.
2. Review diagram and add body parts to your kiddos traced body. Simple!
We looked at our human diagram in our encyclopedia and then searched our house for things that we could use to represent her body parts. I didn’t have all the supplies laid out, but if you wanted to make the activity go by faster you could. Ms. Tiger felt like it was a treasure hunt and loved finding supplies.
We used our clay to shape bones. I did one side of her body and she did the other. I love how she has an awareness of her bones now. I had her squeeze around her arm and poke around her abdomen so she could feel her bones. I also arched my back so she could feel my spine. She likes to feel everyone’s spine now. After making lots of tiny bones out of clay for her feet and hands I had her open and close her hands and I pointed out each bone between each knuckle. She was amazed.
A BIG rule in our house is not to put plastic around our mouth but I broke the rule with this activity because I wanted her to gain an understanding of our lungs. I had her exhale and inhale into a small plastic bag so she could see it inflate and deflate. I think it is a great visual representation (I still remember being amazed when I watched lungs expand with air in Human Anatomy 101). Then I had her deep breath without the bag and feel her chest rise and fall. If you plan on doing this please make sure your kiddo knows that plastic bags are dangerous and don’t belong around mouths.