Singing the “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song was one of the first ways I helped my children to identify parts of their body. Now we’re moving on to identifying body systems and the names of each bone in our bodies.
As a beginner homeschooling parent, finding creative ways to teach science is a priority – that could mean learning through song, an outdoor activity, or a hands-on project. The Peel, Play and Learn Mini Human Body Set is a preschooler’s dream – it’s a reusable homeschool sticker chart that adds huge fun to the classroom.
A Quick Note About Stickers
What child doesn’t like stickers? I can walk around my house at this very moment and guarantee a sticker will find its way to the bottom of my sock. Essentially, the Human Body Set are stickers that teach about anatomy that can be used over and over again, offering numerous amounts of learning opportunities.
If finding stickers on your walls or tables makes you cringe, you will be extremely grateful for this activity. The pieces of this homeschool sticker chart are made of a fabric and adhesive that will not pull off finish or paint, making it ideal to use on any wall of your home.
This reusable homeschool sticker chart opens the door for teaching many science lessons to kids, but specifically, allows children to learn about the body’s five systems – the circulatory, digestive, muscular, nervous and skeletal systems.
Although eager to jump in and learn about the entire set, I thought it best to begin teaching my preschoolers about a system they already know a little about, the skeletal system. Their eyes were big and filled with excitement as I placed the set on our kitchen table. Their excitement allowed us to spend 30 to 40 fully engaged minutes with this lesson.
Identify Bone Placement
First things first, I encouraged my daughters to independently place the bones on the body and space available for the skeletal system. Surprisingly, their placement was overall correct, except for their initial placement of the rib cage and spine.
Their placement was slightly out of place, giving the skeleton a slanted bone structure. I thought this was a great opportunity to get them to thinking about what someone with that kind of bone structure would look like. They immediately hopped out of their chairs and began to walk around bent over. Once we corrected the mistake, we were ready to name the bones.
Identify Names of Bones
The set comes with stickers to label 11 different bones. (Hint to new homeschoolers: reusable labels are a huge time-saver!!)
We spent a lot of time on this portion of the lesson because getting a 3 and 4-year-old to remember some of the scientific names of their bones is not the easiest task. After much repetition and examples of how each bone functions and its purpose, the girls had enough confidence to move on to the next part of the anatomical fun.
Make a Game Out of It
Getting active is a great way to keep preschoolers interested in the lesson at hand. I tested the girls’ memory by getting them out of their seats so they could identify the bones on their own body. They were to point to or move the bone I called out. We did this a few times so the names and locations of each bone were driven into their memory banks.
Ways You Can Use the Set
Reading time can and should be mixed with both fiction and non-fiction literature. Introduce this set to your child and accompany it with a couple books from your local library that are related to the human body.
If you’re looking for ways to allow your child to learn while on the go or traveling, use a lap size dry erase board, like this one and the Peel, Play and Learn Mini Human Body Set in the car.
Teachers can easily use this set by placing it on the blackboard or dry erase board.
It makes a great addition to a conversation about nutrition. Have students identify foods that are beneficial for each system in the body. During free time, they can learn more about nutrition with the Land of Nutrition Foam Puzzle.
Like previously mentioned, the Peel, Play and Learn Mini Human Body set includes five body systems. Create a month long health unit (one system per week) that includes daily to weekly time with this set. Be sure to include time outdoors so your child can demonstrate how some of the systems allow them to play. You can also use these experiments to learn more about the body, check out these human body experiments for kids. The fun with this homeschool sticker chart lasts and lasts.
A Homeschool Sticker Chart For All Ages
What I love most about the Peel, Play and Learn Mini Human Body Set is its appropriateness for any age group, from preschool to college. Although there much more depth to human anatomy than what this set includes, I sure could have used a resource such as this during my first two years of undergrad while I studied athletic training.
More resources to learn about the human body:
- 17 Resources to Help Kids Digest the Human Body
- Top Science Activities for Kids
- The Human Body Detective Stories
Teri Watters is a new homeschooler who enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She’s also the creator of MommyWifeLife.com, where she regularly blogs about ways to keep the family connected through education, activities and new products.
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