As I have mentioned many many times before, toddlers are like super sponges and soak up all kinds of information. So I couldn’t be happier to be working with ScienceTots. This activity on introducing the human body for kids comes from them and you will be able to see more when their awesome new site launches on Monday (1.30.17).
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This activity is super simple and Little A had a blast. It is also super inexpensive. You can use anything you have on hand.
There is a video linked at the bottom for those who would rather watch our experience. Or for a more informative version, keep reading!
First thing we did was trace Little A’s outline of her body on one of those tri-fold poster boards, because I bought one a long long long time ago and had no idea what to do with it. It worked perfectly with this activity.
So I traced her and then I had her identify all the body parts I think a toddler should know.
- Toes, etc.
Some of these were cut out of the video to make it shorter.
In our human body for kids activity, I also asked her to identify her shoulder blades and where her heart is because these are things that we have talked about briefly in the past.
While asking her where they were, I know she’s not an artist (yet) but she had fun drawing circles where the body parts are located.
As you can see, she had a ton of fun coloring in her body. It seemed to really interest her. I love doing learning activities where she doesn’t realize she is learning.
& as you can see, her doggy had fun keeping guard over her little mini ‘owner’.
At the end, I went through and labeled the body parts. This is so that when we hang it near her word wall, she can refer to it and learn to read the words and add them to her reading vocabulary.
This is something we will be referring back to a lot and adding to it as she learns.
Keep reading for ways to make the human body for kids a tad more difficult to adapt to the learning levels of older kids.
Human Body for Kids – Make it More Difficult
So this is our totschool version.
To make it more difficult for older kids or more advanced kids, you could use yarn to symbolize the intestines. Have them draw in their kidneys, voice box, esophagus, etc.
You could also use this to teach muscles. In high school, I did the exact activity except I had to draw in and color all the muscles and veins & arteries we were learning. It was much more effective for me than looking at pictures a book.
Like I mentioned above, there are some parts cut out on talking about the body to keep it short. It started from a 20-minute video! Yikes.
Enjoy the shortened version! (:
This valentines for kids experiment holds some great cognitive development skills such as:
- Follows Directions – Identifying the body part called out
- Small motor skills – coloring the body parts
- Memory – Using memory to remember where the parts are
- Selective Attention – Ignoring the rest of the non-relevant body parts and focusing on what’s mentioned
- Listening Skills
- Comprehension – Taking in what is said and responding accordingly
What are some fun and effective ways that you have taught your kids about the human body?
& like always, if you try this activity, I would love for you to drop some stories below!