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!”    

 

 

 

IMG 7957 500x333 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body All the dismembered parts…    

 

 

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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Check out more alphabet crafts here or on our Alphabet Activities Pinterest board:     

 

 

 

Follow Jenae {I Can Teach My Child!}’s board Alphabet Activities on Pinterest.

Printable Summer Schedule for Your Refrigerator (just add magnets)

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As a classroom teacher, I maintained order and routine by following a pretty regimented schedule.  This gave us predictability for the day and ensured that we accomplished everything we needed to accomplish.  For some reason, this same characteristic has not transferred over to my stay-at-home mom life.  Since I am not a morning person I am content to just “ease into the day” (as my husband likes to call it) if we don’t have anywhere we have to be.  Before I can get my act together, it is nearly lunch time!   All I know is that my sanity for the summer depends on some type of schedule!

 

I created this printable summer schedule so that it can be interchangeable for varying days.  My goal is to plan ahead the night before what our day will look like and make sure to arrange the schedule accordingly.  I have one child who thrives on routine and predictability, so I know this will be very beneficial for him without being too regimented.  :)

 

Download your summer schedule printables here.

 

Once you download the printables, you can print on magnetic paper or laminate and use magnet tape to add to your refrigerator.

 

Here are some of the activities included in the printable: 

  • Get Dressed
  • Breakfast
  • Table Time (will vary each day:  includes handwriting, workbook pages, puzzles, learning games, play dough, etc)
  • Free Play
  • Library
  • Park
  • Swimming
  • Screen Time
  • One-on-One time (my goal is to spend at least 30 minutes a week one-on-one with each child doing something of their choice)
  • Rest time
  • Lunch
  • Chores
  • Field Trip (zoo, museums, etc)
  • Reading (independent or audio books)
  • Read aloud (me reading to them)

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I  included blank plates for you to add your own activities as well.  I did not, however, include dinner or any activities that come afterward just because this time of day is already a well-established routine in our home.  The printable includes 30-minute time increments from 8am to 5pm but also comes with blank clock faces that you can customize (which I will be using later in the summer to reinforce telling time).

Despite how it may look, there will be a lot of flexibility in our day.  Activities are spread out enough to allow plenty of “down time” in between.  I also asked the boys some themes that interest them, so we will be doing some weekly activities related to their interests.

Finally, we’re implementing a new screen time policy at our house.  The boys can early 1 minute of screen time for every minute that they read (or listen to an audio book/book read aloud).  I bought them both book timers and we’re hoping to keep track this way.

 

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Do you have a summer schedule for your home???