Each day we read about an important organ in our torso: lungs, heart, liver, stomach, intestines, and kidneys and bladder (we lumped these last two into one activity).
We used the following books in our exploration of the human body:
“Breathe In, Breathe Out: Learning About Your Lungs” by Pamela Hill Nettleton
“Hear Your Heart” by Paul Showers
“Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart” by Pamela Hill Nettleton
“My Digestive System: An Exciting Way to Learn about your Body” by Sally Hewitt
“Human Organs” by Kristi Lew
“What’s Inside Me? My Stomach” by Dana Meachen Rau
“See inside Your Body” by Katie Daynes and Colin King
After reading up, we conducted a few other fun activities like:
- Using an empty paper towel tube to listen to each other's hearts.
- Making smoothies in a blender to simulate the stomach mushing up food.
- Pouring four cups of water into glasses to show how much urine the bladder can hold.
- Pulling a measuring tape out to 12 feet to show the length of a child's small intestine.
Once we'd read enough to be in awe of our body's organs and their capabilities, my son recorded the important work the organ we explored is doing in his Body Book. (To make your own body book, download pages 1-3 front and pages 1-3 back, as well as assembly instructions.)
Finally, he added the organ to a tee shirt using freezer paper stencils, fabric paint, and a sponge brush.
Help your child finish their Body Book by learning about the brain. Visit the "How to Make a Thinking Cap" post for instructions on how to make a brain hat to wear with the organs tee shirt!