Captain enjoyed extracting the organs, muscles and, finally, the bones from this interactive human figure
My daughter is 5 years old and loves human anatomy almost as much as dog anatomy. Today I gave her a present that I had stashed away, and I wanted to share it with y’all because we found it to be very cool for kids who are learning about human anatomy. It is a Squishy Human Body, made by SmartLab. It sells for 21 bucks on Amazon (free shipping) and is well worth the price. The manufacturer lists this 12″ plastic human body for ages 8+ but, as always, it depends on the kid. The bones, muscles and organs are encased in a clear plastic form and the set comes with plastic tweezers and forceps. There is also a body-parts “organ-izer” included, which is basically a poster that names each of the parts. After removing a bone or organ etc. the child then places them on the poster and learns the name of it. An adult, or older person, should work with them on this project, to help them identify the parts, and also to assist in putting them back together. It isn’t easy for little ones to replace the parts in the correct places, and snap the bones together without help. I think it won’t be long before she can do this on her own. The set also includes: 12 plastic bones and muscles, 9 squishy vital organs and a stand for displaying your cool body. Here’s the extra fun part: the squishy organs are really squishy and ooh-ey! We couldn’t stop exclaiming “ooh gross!” and “squish-squish-squish!” It was fun! Before reassembling it, Captain had fun stuffing other organs into the skull and generally just playing around with it.
While she extracted and placed organs on the poster, I told her a few high points of each organ. For example, she learned that the liver is a kind of filter for the body, that the intestines are reaalllly long if you uncoiled them for real, and reminded her that the human heart has 4 chambers. The particles of knowledge really sink in easily when a kid is having a tactile experience that is enjoyable, like an ooh-ey, squishy heart! Next on the wish list is the squishy human heart, brain and we need to get our hands on an eye…. I can’t wait!
Happy learning and many good thoughts, Karen