Day 2 of our human body exploration was all about the brain.
I first asked Boo if she knew what the skull protected. The response was a glazed over “HUH?” look- I am sure all you teachers out there have seen this look before! I told Boo to look inside the skull for the answer. She lifted the flap and…..
what do you know, the skull protects the brain!
In order to demonstrate the importance of the skull, we did a little experiment with eggs. I told my daughter a made-up on the spot story about a girl who was playing with baby ibexes on a tall mountain and then suddenly slipped and fell. At this point I told Boo to drop an egg on the floor. She was a bit hesitant at first- thinking it MUST be some type of joke to just throw food on the floor on purpose- but after seeing I was serious about it down came the egg. And what a mess it made. A great visual on why our brains need protection! We did drop another egg that was wrapped up with cotton and snuggled inside a plastic easter egg shell. It suffered only minor injuries- a small crack- nothing serious. Our brains need protection: lesson learned.
Later that day we watched a VERY cute video on the nervous system from School House Rock. My daughter loved it and so we watched it a few times. A great visual on how the brain sends signals to the rest of our body. This would be a great way to introduce the role of the spinal cord and nerves… we briefly talked about them, but our objective today was about the brain. Maybe when Boo is 5 we will have a more detailed discussion about the nervous system! 🙂
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Tomorrow we tackle the lymph nodes!!