December 13, 2012

My Body Map


I totally stole this idea from Pink and Green Mama; it just seemed like such a good way to introduce parts of the body! I have actually been waiting for a chance to do it! This week seemed great since we are going to be talking about doctors for the letter D.  I was actually a bit nervous about starting it though. I was afraid it would take too long, or my little monster would be into it.  I got lucky, and after we had everything prepped (which I did while the girls were playing), it only took a couple hours.  We were pretty much finished by the time Eli woke up from his nap! It could certainly be done over a few days though.

I started by drawing an outline of each of the girls on a piece of brown craft paper and tracing it with a black marker. We actually did this the day before.  Having just one piece done made the task a little less daunting for me!

Then I measured their arms and legs to know about how big to make the bones.  I drew a rough outline of the arm and leg bones on white paper, folded in half, and cut two of each.  Pink and Green Mama had the right idea using white masking tape; silly me didn't read it before starting though. So I didn't have everything I needed; no big surprise there.



We glued on the bones for the arms and the legs, and I had them add little rectangles for the vertebrae. You can see how unrealistic this is when you count that they have like 8 or so vertebrae.  I did add a little triangle for the tail bone.  We talked about having a pelvis bone, but I didn't add one. It would have just been covered up!



I cut Q-tips for the fingers and toes.  I  cut them in three size, and used the shorter two for fingers and the longer two for toes. Again not real precise as we only had 2 in each finger, and no hand or foot bones.


Now we moved onto the organs. I don't know if their is a right order to do this in as we did end up doing some re-gluing along the way to get things to fit.  We started by adding a heart. The girls were confused because it didn't look like the "heart" shape they know. I showed them a picture of an actual heart and they were fine with it!



We added some bubble wrap lungs.


Then we moved on to the digestive system. I cut them both stomachs and then realized they might need kidneys first. SO we went back and added some kidneys. Then a stomach.



Then I had them add a liver with a little green balloon piece for a gallbladder.  The gallbladder is completely unnecessary for this project, but I thought it was cute. 

For the esophagus and small intestine, I cut crepe paper streamers in half. We went to add an esophagus and ran into problems because of our liver. So, at least on Bria's, we had to remove the liver, add the esophagus, and replace the liver.



We just added a wad of crepe paper streamer for the small intestine.  SO scientific I know, bit I don't think the girls really cared about the different portions of small intestine.  I am happy if they remember it IS small intestine!

Added a different colored (and uncut) streamer for the large intestine. And look we haven't added a bladder.  Well I realize in real life the bladder would sit in front of the large intestine, but we couldn't get it to stick to the crepe paper as well.  So we went ahead and added it and then glued down our large intestine.



We moved back up to our head after completing our digestive (and urinary tracks).  I know we left out a few things (pancreas, adrenal glands, etc), but I think this was a lot already for a 4 and 5 year old!

They wanted a yellow brain, so I cut one out of paper and let them draw on it.  Had I been thinking I would have used fun foam and had them etch in it instead.  



We added white circles for eye, and they drew on a pupil.  We were going to use beans for teeth, but they chose to just draw on mouths instead.



Somewhere in there I cut them a little muscle to add to one of their arms.  I could tell they were tired when they asked if we could just do one muscle!  We also added half of a rib cage, so they could see how the ribs protected their heart and lungs.  I asked if they wanted half of a skull, and they said no. So we were done!


We hung them on the dining room wall, so we can use them to review.  I have a feeling people may not want to have dinner here for a while unless they like being starred at by the bodies on the wall!


27 comments:

  1. As a fitness professional I LOVE this idea. Found you at the I can Teach hop.

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  2. Oh my, what a cool, fun, educational project for children!

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    1. They certainly learned a lot during it. Hopefully with a little review they will remember it! Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Thanks! The girls liked learning about them, but they didn't like trying to glue them on so much!

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  4. I love this idea! Artistic, fun, and educational, i.e. perfect!
    Ana
    www.babbledabbledo.com

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  5. What a wonderful learning activity! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wonderful hands on activity. I pinned it for future reference - hoping to do a human body unit in a few months.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to use it! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. nice! really cool educational project! looks like a lot of fun!

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    1. It was fun, and the girls are learning a lot! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. What a great idea!! Such a fun lesson. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and hosting Carrie!

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  9. I love body maps like this, hopping over from Enchanted Thursday!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Ticia! It was fun even though it seemed daunting at first!

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  10. What a fun hands-on anatomy activity! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Human Body Unit Study Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/human-body-unit-study/

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    1. Thank you Deb for hosting and featuring our body maps!

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  11. Thanks for linking this to Look What We Did. You've been featured as one of the most liked posts in December.

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  12. Over the next couple weeks, my 8 year old will be studying the body. We made an outline last week to start filling it in this week. I had planned on drawing or coloring in body parts, but I like your way much better! Thanks for the idea.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a good time making your body!

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  13. I've got this as a project to do when we reach anatomy next year. I think the kids are going to enjoy this, now I just have to figure out where to put our giant life size models for 8 months.......

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday.

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    1. That can be a challenge. Ours hung in the dining room until our kitten had attacked them so many times they fell down! I am sure we will make more when the girls are older. Thanks for visiting!

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