Books about the Human Body

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We are diving headfirst into learning about the human body this summer (just for fun)!  After our blood demonstration, the boys are especially intrigued!  Here are some of our favorite books about the human body as well as some that were new to us!

 

The Amazing Human Machine Books about the Human Body

The Amazing Human Machine by Lori C. Froeb

We recently purchased this book at our library’s book fair and it has quickly become a new favorite in our house…partly because of the incredible content and partly because it comes with transparent interactive body system cards.  The cards can be manipulated and placed on top of each other to see all of the systems together or they can be looked at one at a time to focus on each individual system.  The information in the book is great for children in early elementary school and isn’t as overwhelming as some of the other books we reviewed.

 

 

 

My First Human Body Book Books about the Human Body

My First Human Body Book by Donald M. Silver & Patricia J. Wynn

Despite its colorful cover, this is actually a coloring book on the inside.  It is filled with illustrations, diagrams, and interesting facts.  This is a great option for children who enjoy coloring while wanting to learn about their bodies.

 

 

 

Toes Ears and Nose Books about the Human Body

Toes, Ears, & Nose! by Marion Dane Bauer

This book is the perfect way to introduce body parts to babies and toddlers.  In fact, this might be my favorite board book of all time!  I can recite it in my sleep…and all the flaps have been taped (and some re-taped)!   It is playful and fun…introducing each body part under a piece of clothing.  “Inside my mittens, I’ve got fingers.  Inside my boots, I’ve got toes.  Under my hat are two ears.  And beneath my scarf is a nose…”

 

 

First Human Body Encyclopedia Books about the Human Body

First Human Body Encyclopedia by DK

This reference book is filled with colorful pictures and facts about the human body.  Every major body system is included (except the reproduction system…which I am totally fine with at this point) as well as some lesser-known facts.  Our boys were especially intrigued with the part on allergies since Little Brother was recently diagnosed with some major allergies.

Magic Schoo Bus Inside the Human Body Books about the Human Body

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole

I remember reading and rereading this book when I was in elementary school…and then watching the video!  This Magic School Bus book is a classic and one that every kid will enjoy!   Miss Frizzle shrinks the bus and takes her class on yet another wild and wacky field trip.  Arnold, one of the children in the class, swallows the school bus and the rest of the class takes a trip through Arnold’s body.  They start in his stomach and go through his small and large intestines and even get a look at his heart.  They miss a few body systems along the way, but traveling through the body in a school bus certainly makes for a fun ride.  :)

 

 

 

The Human Body Books about the Human Body

The Human Body by Stacy Savran

This book is appropriate to be read aloud to children in late preschool or early elementary ages.  Although the book itself is pretty short, it contains quite a bit of information.  You might not be able to read in one sitting (depending on the attention span of your child).  It includes real photos as well as sketched diagrams.

Me and My Amazing Body Books about the Human Body

Me and My Amazing Body by Joan Sweeney

This book is written by the same author (and in the same style) as Me on the Mapwhich is an excellent introduction to geography for young children.  The same little girl is back and narrates the tour of her body (inside and out) and the illustrations are child-like drawings of the body parts and the body’s inner workings.  This book is written to appeal to preschool and young school-aged children.  The pages are short and concise and keep the attention of the reader while also including lots of fun facts.  This is the perfect “body” book for preschoolers!

Whats inside my body Books about the Human Body

What’s Inside My Body? by Angela Royston

This book is 17 pages long and is perfect for explaining how the body works in simple, easy-to-understand language.  In my opinion, it is ideal for preschoolers who want to know more about their bodies.  Each page talks about a different part of the body (head, eyes, ears, chest, stomach, legs & arms, and hands.  The book includes pictures of real children with additional graphics to represent the body parts on each page.

From Head to toe Books about the Human Body

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

I debated whether to include this book because it is not really about the human body specifically.  Rather, the book identifies movements and noises from animals and shows how humans can do them too.  The animal identifies itself and then states what it can do, then asking the child if he/she can do it (e.g. “I am a gorilla and I thump my chest.  Can you do it?  I can do it”).   This book is a favorite at our house because the kids get to act it out while reading!

Why Do I have bones Books about the Human Body

Why Do I Have Bones? by Jo Cleland

This simple little book is perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers.  Each page only contains 1 sentence (e.g. “I have bones in my hands”) and would be great for children just beginning to show an interest in their bodies (specifically their bones).  It is a bit more difficult to find, but your local library might carry a copy.

I Wonder Why I Blink Books about the Human Body

I Wonder Why I Blink by Brigid Avison

This book is written in a question-and-answer format with lots of different questions about our bodies:  What makes me feel things?  What is my skin for?  What are goose bumps?  How do I move?  Why do I get hiccups?  What is blood for?  The answers are concise but thorough enough for young children.  It is written in simple language that even preschoolers can understand.  Overall, this is a great book for children who love to ask, “WHY?”  :)

All About People Books about the Human Body

All About People by Scholastic

This book starts off by identifying people as mammals, discovering how we are each different, and then talks about each stage of our lives:  Babies/Toddlers, Young Children, School Children, Preteens, Teens, Young Adults, Mature Adults, and Older Adults.  Each life stage is described within these pages.  Throughout the book, however, it discusses the various systems of our bodies and pertinent information.  This book definitely couldn’t be read in one sitting (it is 87 pages long), but it would be great as a reference book for younger school-aged children.

Body Books about the Human Body

Body:  An Amazing Tour of Human Anatomy by Richard Walker

This book has amazing illustrations and incredible detail!  It would be an excellent reference book for school-aged children wishing to learn more about the human body.  The pages are filled with diagrams and computer-created illustrations of all systems of the body.  The copy from our library came with a CD as well.  This book would probably be overwhelming to preschoolers or young school-aged children, however, because there is so much detail included.

Outside In Books about the Human Body

Outside-In:  A Lift-the-Flaps Body Book

This book is a reprint of an older version and is perfect for preschoolers!

Have you read any of these books?  Which one is your favorite?  

Hands-on Science: What is blood made of?

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Blood has become a familiar sight in our household these days.  Whether it is a scraped knee or bloody nose (from intense allergy issues), blood is quite intriguing to our boys.  After one of our recent encounters with blood, Big Brother asked the question, “What is blood made of?”

 

We checked out some library books on the human body and began our research.  I have used water beads in sensory tubs before and immediately knew the perfect way to demonstrate the various parts of blood in a fun and hands-on way!

 

*Please note:  This activity is not suitable for children under the age of 3.  Please be careful with younger siblings as the water beads can be a choking hazard.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  a large plastic container (or sensory tub), red water beads, ping-pong balls (super cheap on Amazon), water, and red craft foam.  

 

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1.  Follow the instructions on the packaging to hydrate.  Go ahead and put them (and the water) into your plastic tub / sensory table to soak.  Our package instructions indicated that once you add the water, it takes 10 hours for them to fully hydrate.

 

 

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2.  Cut the craft foam into small pieces to create your platelets.

 

 

 

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3.  Put the “platelets” and several ping pong balls in your plastic tub.

 

 

 

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4.  Let your kids explore for a while and then tell them the parts of blood:

Red water beads = Red Blood Cells (that carry oxygen)

Ping Pong Balls = White Blood Cells  (that fight germs, bacteria, and viruses)

Craft Foam Pieces = Platelets (that help heal cuts)

Water = Plasma (helps the blood move through veins and arteries)

 

 

 

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This was a huge hit for the boys…and they were able to give Daddy a full synopsis once he came home from work!

 

 

 

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From the book:  The Human Body 

 

 

 

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From the book:  Body:  An Amazing Tour of Human Anatomy

 

 

 

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Overall, a great learning experience for us all!  What is your favorite science experiment?

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up!

Did you see our free Summer Schedule Printables?  Be sure to check it out and print out your own to make the most of those lazy summer days.  :)

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 There were lots of great ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few:  

 

 

Potato Mash Fish 500x317 Show and Share Saturday Link Up! I love this adorable Potato Masher Fish Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning!      

 

 

 

 

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Toilet Paper Roll Firework Paintings 500x333 Show and Share Saturday Link Up! This Toilet Paper Roll Firework craft from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails would be a great activity for toddlers and young preschoolers.        

 

 

 

Have an idea or activity to share???  Just link up below!

 

Next week I’ll be sharing my favorites from the ones you submit!   *By linking up, you are granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your blog.

 

 

Can’t see the link-up?  Go here.

 

 

Ivy Kids: Monthly Literature-Based Activity Kits

*This is a sponsored post.  I was compensated for sharing my honest opinions on this product.  All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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Ivy Kids is a brand new monthly educational subscription box service for children ages three to eight.  I have had the pleasure of reviewing the first two kits (July and August) and I am truly amazed at all of the detail and attention that went into making these amazing literature-based activity kits!

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If you are on the internet for any time at all, you most likely know that there are various options for monthly subscription kits available these days.  I have tried a few out in the past, but Ivy Kids is now my favorite (especially for preschoolers).  Here is why I think Ivy Kids is absolutely fantastic:

 

  • All kits come with a book!   Each monthly kit includes a high-quality children’s book in the kit itself!  We reviewed the first two months, so the books that were included were Jump, Frog, Jump! and Mouse Paint.  You can build your library while having a whole gaggle of activities to do as well!
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    What you see when you flip open your box!

     

  • The activities included in the kit are literature-based and centered around the included book.  Each of the activities included are based on the theme of the included book.  There is a wide variety of activities, hitting almost all of domains of early childhood development.
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    A guide to all of the activities included in July’s kit on the lid of the box

     

  • The kits are created by a Teacher Mom.  Taseea, the founder of Ivy Kids, is a Master-degree holding certified early childhood teacher who decided to stay at home after the birth of her second child.  She has both the education and experience to create a kit that appeals to little learners while also cognitively stimulating those growing brains!IMG 2876 500x375 Ivy Kids:  Monthly Literature Based Activity Kits
  • The activities are perfect for preschoolers.  Big Brother, who is six and will be in first grade in the fall, thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities, but they were most challenging and appealing to Little Brother, age four.
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  • There are enough activities to last you all. month. long.   I could not believe how many activities fit into such a small little box.  Taseea has outdone herself creating about a dozen meaningful activities centered around one book and jam-packed into one month’s box!  We have had our boxes for about a month now and haven’t even had a chance to do all of the amazing activities!

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    These color paddles were a huge hit in our house. And, of course, they were included in the kit!

  • Everything (and I do mean everything) is included in the kit!  Unless the activity calls for water, you can expect to find everything you need for each activity in the box!  And the materials are very high-quality!  It sounds like a little thing, but I couldn’t believe the quality of paper…the mouse painting page below was printed on thick card stockIMG 2875 500x375 Ivy Kids:  Monthly Literature Based Activity Kits

 

Ivy Kids Literature-Based Activity Kits are perfect for busy moms who want to encourage meaningful learning using literature but simply don’t have the time to prepare the activities themselves.  They would also be perfect for preschool teachers to use in their classrooms as well (you would just have to make copies of the pages and grab some more materials).

Overall, I was extremely impressed with Ivy Kids!  I would highly recommend these activity kits to parents of preschoolers and kindergartners!

 

 Want to try out Ivy Kids?  You can preorder July’s kit now and save $5 off a month’s subscription or $10 off a 6-month subscription using the code “IVYLAUNCH” at checkout (coupon expires June 22)!  

Alphabet Craft: B is for Body

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A few weeks ago, I asked each of the boys to tell me three things that they want to learn more about this summer.  The first thing on Big Brother’s list was to learn about the human body.  We decided to start off with this unique alphabet craft:  B is for body!

 

Little did I know what a HUGE hit this activity would be for two goofy boys!  I love it when something so simple turns out to be so much fun (while they’re learning).  :)  

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  pictures, cardstock, scissors, and a glue stick.  

 

 

 

IMG 7946 500x333 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body 1.  Take pictures of your child’s major body parts:  eyes, ears, nose, mouth, feet, legs, hands, etc.  You could even let siblings take each other’s photos.  Print the pictures.    

 

 

 

IMG 7947 500x333 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body 2.  Have your child cut out the body parts from each picture.    

 

 

 

 

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IMG 7956 300x450 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body “I just cut my eye!  Ahhhhhhhh!”    

 

 

 

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IMG 7950 500x333 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body  3.  Cut out a large “B” from cardstock or construction paper.    

 

 

 

IMG 7963 300x450 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body 4.  Have your child glue their body parts onto the letter B.  Then make labels to glue on as well.    

 

 

 

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