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Body Works

Idea for younger kids who is interested in how our body works. My kids are always interested in that subject and we have numerous books about it including the Usborn one with flaps Look inside your Body. I have seen this one translated into Russian, so would be interesting to get one for cross-reference.

Recently kids got hooked up on CBBC “Operation Ouch”. Here is an accidental study. Neva asked me to make fresh batch of playdough (I think she just wanted to play with it), which I did, and she didn’t want to colour it at the moment it should have been, but asked if she can mix the food colouring at the end. She chose Red. The result looked like human tissue covered in blood – she loved it!

She said she wanted to do a surgery on “Jude”, pointing at playdough. So I asked which part of the body is surgery for, and she decided – lungs, so I opened a page in the book we were reading earlier on the lungs page and we made lungs, then after a while of prodding and doing surgery with kitchen utensils she wanted to do heart, so we opened the heart page and I helped her to make one and also gave her some blue food colouring for the blood in the veins.

She was busy “doing her surgery” for about an hour if not more, until Mya finished her book and started interfering šŸ˜† She has returned to do “Jude surgery” quite a few times since then. We talked about anaesthesia as well, because our “patient” needed to be put under šŸ˜†

 

 

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Bottle tree

I chanced to buy a complete storybook of “My naughty little sister” in a charity shop and one of the stories was called “Bottle Tree”.
Almost two months ago we did an experiment with acorns – we planted a few in soil in pots and, of course, we had to try “the bottle tree”, which is basically a seed, suspended over water on toothpicks.
Today we have noticed the leaves on one of our Bottle Trees.
This was one of the six acorns we experimented on. The ones in soil didn’t stand a chance – no matter how many times I remind them – girls cannot remember to water the plants.

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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Pajamas Science, Pyjama Science

 

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Nature studies

On our rumblings through a nature park with friends we picked up some frogspawn on Sunday. I have never hatched or grown frogs at homeĀ before, all I remember from my childhood there were always tons of them in the country house, and a few were always swimming in our water butt (don’t ask me how they were getting there), so I had a chance watching them develop.

I was very happy to have found the frogspawn, so after we got home – I found an empty jar, added some rainwater, some pond weed from the local pond and scoured our home library for books and our toys for frogs.

Here’s our new NatureĀ shelf

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And here are our futureĀ froggies on their 4th day

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Some of them are out of their slimey eggs and just floating about, and the eggs are floating about by themselves. I know they are supposed to eat their eggs but that needs to happen before they are out. So either I am misinformed or I accidently forced them out of the eggs while pouring them in, adding water and weed etc. Not sure what to do with empty eggs, leave it or take it out? Maybe they still need to feed on it?

Mya is keeping a journal and drawing spawn’s progress in it, as she doesn’t like to write.

 

 
 
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