The human body can be a difficult and confusing subject to learn. Providing children with a craft that centres on the part of the human body they are trying to understand may be beneficial. A creative activity that engages their minds and excites their imaginations can reinforce a verbal lesson or textbook chapter, thereby helping them remember more information.
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Allow young children to practice identifying body parts by creating a picture collage. Give each child a piece of sugar paper. Provide children with magazines from which to cut out images of various parts of people. Instruct the children to be creative and put body parts together to make a funny-looking person. Help them label the body parts. Quiz the children by pointing to various parts of their collage and asking them to identify various body parts.
Help children gain a basic understanding of the human skeletal system by letting them create a picture of a human skeleton out of uncooked pasta. Provide children with various types and shapes of pasta so each can create his own unique skeleton. Pass out a piece of black sugar paper to each child and make sure everyone has access to glue with which they can attach the pasta to the sugar paper. If your child is young, give him a picture of a skeleton to follow. Ask older students to create a more detailed skeleton and to label major bones on the skeleton as well.
Counting with fingers and toes
Fingers and toes are often used to help children count, but this craft allows for fun while learning using your appendages. Give each child a large piece of paper so she has enough space to trace both of her hands or feet and number them. Instruct the children to trace either their hands or feet, helping or asking fellow children for help if necessary. Label each finger with a number as children count how many fingers or toes they have. Make the craft more fun by allowing them to decorate their hands as desired.
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