Last month I transformed Crozet PlaySchool into a little doctor’s office. We had lab coats, chairs for the waiting patients, lots of supplies, and plenty of learning taking place.
Students could check on their patient and fill out a patient report. I made this simple form for each of them to use when they were playing the “doctor.”
I also hung up my pocket chart with pictures of each child next to their names. This gave them a chance to practice writing and recognizing their friend’s names while playing. Below the names I also laminated some human body cards for the children. They could list the body part that was bothering their “patient” by looking over the cards.
I had lots of tools for them to use: ace bandages, stethoscopes, pretend medicine, face masks from the dollar store and lots of other trinkets.
The scale was a big hit too!
My daughter has been extremely interested in the human body for over a year now. I thought it would be fun to incorporate this idea into the Halloween time frame. We started our discussions talking about the skeletal system. I did a little experiment with rubber gloves. The first glove was filled with just flour, and the second glove was filled with popsicle sticks and then flour. They passed the gloves around and felt for the bones in the glove. They also quickly noticed how the boneless glove drooped to the group, where the glove with the bones kept its shape!
We worked on some skeleton art! The first project was a handprint using white paint on black paper. After the handprint dried we represented our bones by gluing down q-tips.
Another fun activity was our pasta skeletons. I laid out a variety of different pastas and they looked at the pictures to represent their skeletons with pasta.
We played with a Play Mobil doctor’s office for a few weeks!
After discussing the skeletal system we moved on to our organs. We focused on some of the major organs heart, lungs, stomach, and brain. I set up this blood sensory table for them to explore. The red water beads represented our red blood cells, the ping pong balls represented our white blood cells, and the red foam rectangles represented our platelets.
We read some fantastic books about the human body:
This is a book that Ellie and I bought this summer, and it is fabulous! I love Discovery Kids books. Great pictures and lots of information!
Ms. Frizzle took us on an adventure inside of the human body!
And my favorite human body book is this “Outside-In” flip book. The pictures are detailed, but not too complicated for a younger group of children. It highlights all of the major body systems. We read parts of this book over a series of days, and the children loved it!
One of our final projects was a review of our body systems. Over the course of a few days children drew themselves, and then colored the different systems, organs, muscles, and skeleton. Each picture fit inside their self portrait.
The final project we worked on was a life sized representation of some of their body systems. I got the idea from Pink and Green Mama’s blog. She is an art teacher, and always does wonderful projects with her girls. Each child laid down on the floor and I traced them. Then we added lots of details: they colored in their brain, we colored and glued on eye balls, sponge painted their lungs, glued on their heart, stomach and intestines, taped our bones, and lastly they helped me glue long pieces of yarn to represent their blood vessels. The finished product was so great!
All in all it was a great study, and I think I learned just as much as the children about our amazing human body!