Monday, November 3, 2008

Learning about bones

A friend of ours broke his wrist and my daughter became very worried she might brake a bone. So we talked about our bones and did this fun activity I did while student teaching:


  • Find a picture of a skeleton (I have a couple good ones, e-mail me and I'll send it as an attachment)
  • Lay a piece of paper on top of the skeleton sketch and trace the body to fit around it
  • Give your child the traced body to color to look like them (light colors).
  • Staple the coloring on top of the skeleton, align bones into body again, and staple.
  • If you have a light box use it as an "x-ray viewer" or just hold the papers up to the light. What's inside?
  • Sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "Hinges"
  • Talk about how strong your bones are and food that will help make your bones strong.
  • Use a piece of cardboard and straws to make a "skeleton hand." Show them a glove and talk about how floppy it is on it's own (like our skin). Then insert the "bones" and talk about how our bones give us shape and support.

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Russ Cannon said...

My favorite pages in our old World Book Encyclopedia were in the section about the human body. There were partly clear see-through pages that started with the bones and then gradually added other body parts and muscles as you flipped through the pages. I hope Emma like milk or finds other ways to get her vitamins and keep her bones strong. Just show her before and after pictures of Grandma or Uncle Kent.