My daughter made it very clear to me that she still wants to learn more about human body when I tried to redirect her to geography track. So we are doing both as a result. I dug into our “Let’s Read and Find Out” books and pulled out Your Skin and Mine. We both quite liked it and ended up reading it many times even though it’s long and detailed. There were several places in the book when children looked at different part of their skin through a magnifying glass. Anna enjoyed this activity – looking at her skin and comparing it with mine. She asked a lot of questions about birthmarks. I could explain them based on the information in the book – that melanin collects in certain parts of the body. She didn’t like the idea that her body has holes called pores, but was reassured to learn that the pores are small and she is not going to lose her skeleton through those holes.
She was not interested in touch experiment described in the book since she doesn’t like being blindfolded, but we did fingerprinting experiment. We both made our fingerprints using our stamping pad and investigated them under a magnifying glass. Unfortunately, the prints were somewhat smudgy despite our best efforts, but you can still see that they are not the same. We also talked how we always leave fingerprints, and they are visible when our fingers are greasy/dirty. We went and looked at some on our walls and discussed (yet again) how important it is to wash our hands and not touch walls when our fingers are dirty. Oh well, as the famous quote says, one day they disappear, and then I will be wishing for their return on my walls.
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