Feed the Alphabet Monster

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I love being able to repurpose things that would otherwise end up in the trash.  And if you have children in your house, chances are the two items needed for this activity are plentiful:  bottle caps (from milk and other drinks) and a baby wipes container!   I shared this bottle cap sorting activity a few years ago and recently found a stash of bottle caps leftover as I was cleaning out a closet.  I decided to make this Feed the Alphabet Monster activity to help Little Brother practice identifying lowercase letters.        

The title of the post was inspired by Toddler Approved’s Feed the LEGO Monsters post.  :)

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  a plastic baby wipes container, bottle caps, and 1″ stickers.        

 

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IMG 9180 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster  1.  Write letters (either capital or lowercase) on the stickers.      
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    IMG 9462 300x456 Feed the Alphabet Monster 2.  Have your child place “feed” the caps to the monster one at a time while saying each letter.  
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    Check out more ways to recycle and browse our Alphabet Activities Pinterest Board:  
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Human Body Activities for Kids

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The human body is marvelous, isn’t it?  I am constantly in awe of the amazing creation that encompasses our bodies.  Big Brother asked specifically to learn about the human body this summer and we have been having a blast.  We have already shared a couple fun posts about the human body, but I thought it would be helpful to feature other human body activities for kids from around the web.

 

Activities and Models

 

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Try out this hands-on demonstration to illustrate what blood is made of.

 

 

 

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Life Size Body Map Art Project  ::  Pink and Green Mama

 

 

 

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Demonstrate the Human Heart with a Tennis Ball  ::  Kids Activities Blog

 

 

 

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Make a model of your skeleton with this X-Ray Playdough.

 

 

 

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Make a model of the human lung  ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

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Create a model of the brain with playdough ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

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Make your own stethoscope  ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

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Felt Human Anatomy Model  ::  Fun at Home with Kids (via Teach Preschool)

 

 

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Create a model of the circulatory system  ::  Highhill Education

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Make a model of an eye ::  Homeschool-Activities

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Demonstrate why we need both muscles and bones

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Use pool noodles to make a model of the backbone ::  Spell Out Loud

Resources

 

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Hape Your Body Puzzles:  Perfect for preschoolers wanting to learn about their body systems!

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Squishy Human Body Model 

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Our boys are obsessed with this life-like human model.  They love to take the body apart and feel all of the various organs.  My only complaint is that it is too hard for a 6-year old to put back together himself (which is probably why it is recommended for 8+), so I end up doing it.

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Magic School Bus Human Body DVD

We have checked this DVD out from our library a couple different times and our boys LOVE it.  And I love that they are learning about their bodies!

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The Human Body App ($2.99) on the iPhone or iPad

This app is incredible.  It shows each of the body’s systems separately and how they work.  In the digestive system, you can feed the body and watch how the food is digested.  In the nervous system, you can touch parts of your body and watch the touch travel to your brain.

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What activities or resources do you have to learn about the human body?  Leave a link or comment below!

 

Paint with Tops

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A few weeks ago we made homemade spinning tops (which the boys are still having a blast with).  We found yet another way to have fun utilizing them:  paint with tops!!  Besides being a fun art project, this activity is also great fine motor practice as your child learns to spin a top.

 

We chose to do this activity outside, just in case the paint was to fly.  And I would definitely recommend it…especially if you have little ones who love to get LOTS of paint on the top.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  tops (add to the fun and make your own with our tutorial), washable paint, paper, and a tray (we used the top of a shallow box).

 

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Just dip the marble (on the bottom of the top) into the paint and then spin on a piece of white paper!  We had three different tops with three different colors.

 

 

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 A top in motion!

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This was the result!  I love how unique this art project is!

 What unconventional material have you and your kids painted with recently?

Why the Human Body Needs Both Muscles and Bones

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This simple demonstration answers the question of why the human body needs both muscles and bones.   This is a great introduction for young children to the various systems in our bodies and how they work together.  This activity was inspired by Bill Nye the Science Guy’s video on Bones and Muscles (which we checked out from our library).

 

Our boys were especially excited about this experiment because it involved eating two of their favorite things:  pancakes and cookies.  :)

 

Here’s what you’ll need for this demonstration:  a pancake and a gingerbread man (or overcooked sugar cookie).  

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 The pancake illustrates what our muscles are like…bendable but can’t hold anything up.  The cookie demonstrates what our bones are like:  strong but stiff.

 

 


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Our bones are strong and hold our bodies up (just like the cookie is able to stand upright without falling to the ground).

 

 

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But out muscles are bendable and allow us to move.

 

 

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 When you try to move bones (without muscles), they can’t move much without snapping in half.

 

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Oops.

 

 

What other ways have you found to explain to children why we need both muscles and bones?

*  Also, be sure to check out more hands-on activities about the human body!  *

World’s Best Spinning Top

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Tops are one of the oldest and most beloved toys.   Clay tops have supposedly been found in the Middle East dating all the way back to 3500 BC and wooden tops in Egypt from as early as 2000-1400 BC.  These toys are the epitome of “timeless”.

 

Spinning tops also defy continental and cultural boundaries.  My parents recently went to Nhowe Mission in Zimbabwe to work at the hospital that our church and family helped to build and now support.  We learned how to make the world’s best spinning top after a patient of my dad’s made about a hundred homemade tops to send with he and my mom for the children there to enjoy.

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Our boys were recipients of the very few that made it back home without being given to the children (and adults) at Nhowe.  They were immediately in awe of the fun that transpired with such a simple toy!

 

Once we realized how much our boys enjoyed the homemade tops, we decided to make our own and let them decorate them! This project is so versatile:  it would be a great project for VBS, birthday parties, summer camps, craft time, or even as a service project to send to missionaries or to put in Operation Christmas Child boxes!

 

*Please note:  Due to the marble, these toys are not appropriate for children under 3 as they could pose a choking risk.  If you have younger children in your house, please use extreme caution when playing with these tops.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own spinning tops:

Wooden Toy Wheels
Marbles
Wooden Dowel Pins (be sure to purchase at least 18 since there are 18 toy wheels in a package)
Gorilla Super Glue
Various Colors of Sharpies
Puff Paint

 

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 This is all you need to make each individual top:  a wooden toy wheel, marble, dowel pin, and glue.  We learned through trial-and-error that gorilla glue worked much better than the glue pictured above.

 

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 The process of making the top itself is actually pretty simple…just make sure an adult is doing these three steps.  (1) Add some gorilla glue to the end of the wooden dowel pin and insert into the center of the wooden wheel.  (2) On the opposite side of the wooden wheel, add a generous amount of gorilla glue and place a marble in the center of the wheel.

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Poke holes in an egg carton and let them dry for at least 2 hours (if not longer).

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Use Sharpies to color the tops.  Then add some puffy paint for more decorating!  Let dry completely before you use your top (speaking from experience–the puffy paint will spin all over your counters)!

 

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All of the boys in our house (children and adult alike) have had hours of fun with these tops!  Check out this video that demonstrates how well they spin!

Can’t see the video? Go here.

 

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