Our first grade homeschool curriculum (Memoria Press) doesn't start formal science until second grade. Instead they incorporate lots of books for the our read aloud time that talk about topics like weather, animals and the world around them. I like to supplement that with hands on activities because J-man loves to do crafts and what I call 'fun-school'. When Build the Human Body Kit came in the mail, Jace couldn't wait to work on the skeleton.
All of 'Mr.Bones' body parts are contained in a compartment within the book.
There are also instructions. The first things we did was look over the instructions and organize the pieces so that we could grab them easily. I do not recommend just punching them all out until you need each section. Work in batches along with the instructions.
The first part we built was the spine and rib cage.
Next up was the organs. As you can see Jace is having a blast!
We referred to the book after we built the organs to see which each was. The individual pieces of Mr. Bones are not labeled but the book goes into detail. As you can see we pieced together the lungs, liver, stomach, heart (and eventually part of the intestines).
Next, I put the organs into the body cavity. I was super nervous to do this. I think I have PTSD from all those lego sets we've built. You know the ones that fall apart the minute you touch them. Well, that was not the case at all with this model. You have to apply some pressure to get those organs in and everything held wonderfully.
I thought this was one of the most enjoyable projects we've done for school to date. The book contains a ton of information and Mr. Bones is now our school mascot. I was very surprised at how sturdy he was. I'm sure you could take him apart and put him back in the box to build again but we really like him hanging up. I think it will make us refer back to the book portion more as we see him and want to learn more.
You can get your own Build the Human Body kit at Silverdolphinbooks.com for $19.95. It is recommended for ages 6+.
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