Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Teaching Preschoolers Anatomy

I think we all know that my son has a serious Curious George obsession.  He LOVES Curious George.  I love Curious George.  Any show that has my 3 year old building something and saying, “Look Mommy, a cantilever!” or “We need a stick to use as a lever.” has my official seal of approval!  This activity I got right off of an episode of Curios George.

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I took a bunch of paper that was used as packaging in a recent box and taped it together.  You can use any paper or even get an inexpensive poster board.  Cole laid down and I traced his body.  Sorry, it is hard to see in the picture below.

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We talked about our body and why we have different body parts.  We talked about bones and what they do.  My son told me, “Bones keep us from being mushy lumps on the floor.”  I had told him this only 100 times when we watched the episode when Curious George breaks his leg.  He still remembers.

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We felt different areas on our bodies to try to feel for bones.  When we found bones, we tried to figure out the shape of them.  He said his ribs were “stick bones”.  Then we drew the bones on the trace of Cole’s body.

We talked more about different body parts and the jobs that they have.  We talked about our heart, brain, lungs, and stomach.  I drew some on construction paper.  I cut out the brain and stomach, but Cole cut out the heart.  Yipee, he cut curved lines!!

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We talked about where he thought those body parts were in his body.  The only ones he got right were the heart and stomach.  LOL, a true boy!  We talked it over more and through some guided questions, he figured out where they are.  He taped the organs to the appropriate spots.

Now we have an “inside” look at Cole.  He got such a kick out of this.  We talked about body parts for days.  Well different ones than we usually talk about. *wink, wink*

This is a great way to teach your young one about their amazing body and how it works!  Try it.

What body part do you end up talking about the most at your house?

Kim

29 comments:

  1. Kim,
    This is super cute. Thanks for sharing! I just wanted to let you know that I will be starting my new MckLinky party TOT TUESDAYS next week. I’d love it if you’d stop by & link up: http://delicious-ambiguity-nennyk.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-buttons-party.html
    Cheers,
    Jenn

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  2. This is a really cute activity. I love that you used paper from box filling. That would normally get thrown away. You are so resourceful! I just want to tell you that I love this blog. It is my favorite!

    Catherine

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  3. What a great idea! I love the organs too!

    Um, in a house full of boys, what body part do you think gets talked about the most!!! ;-)

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  4. I've seen this a couple of times, and always think it looks fun.

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  5. So cute, I love it. My son loves to talk about his body parts (he is a boy so he has 1 he loves) he also talks about his leg, he broke it in Sept. so he is always worried about breaking something!

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  6. Love this! My girlie adores Curious George too! We talk about her feet...again this morning she was showing me how big they have gotten!

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  7. This is a great idea...I think my boys will love this. One is going to kindergarten this fall and the other has another year to go. I am doing "school" with them at home and it has been fun! There are so many great FREE resources online! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  8. what a fun and great idea this will allow him an up hand on early understanding for sure

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  9. We have a fantastic puzzle that C just loves, which shows body parts and layers of our bodies (bones, organs, muscles, etc.). We also have a pregnant women puzzle that shows a baby's growth, which is very appropriate for us right now!

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  10. Don't you love it when they enjoy the easiest things and just to see the smile on their faces when they do it. Just precious and your right Great minds think a like! Have a fantastic day!

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  11. So much fun! I remember doing this with the preschoolers. My daughters fascination lately is lungs...so strange.

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