Monday, June 27, 2011

* Life-Sized Body Map Kid's Art Project

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The girls and I kicked off 
Week 1: Me on the Map of the 
Life-Sized Body Maps today!

We started out by tracing ourselves on
big pieces of brown contractor's paper. 

Then, we traced over our pencil outlines 
with crayola marker. 
"C" chose Pink (of course)
and "E" chose black. 

We collected a stack of "E"s human body and anatomy books.
Then, we got to work making 
organs and bones. 

"C" drew the brain first, 
she knew where it goes and talked 
for more info on that one, see the post on my sidebar

Cutting out organs from construction paper

It was really neat watching "C"'s "A-Ha!" moments
as she figured out where her heart is, 
that her skeleton holds her up so she's not floppy,
where her intestines are,
 and that's where poop comes from! : )

White masking tape formed bones.
"C" was fascinated by the spine. 
We talked about back bones while we were visiting
the Natural History Museum in Washington DC 
on Saturday -- standing in the dinosaur room 
she was asking about their spines, 
so I bent over and had her feel all of the bumps on mine.
She remembered that today when we started making
the spine on her "body map"

We used bubble wrap for lungs since 
they're full of little air chambers/pockets.

Q-tips made really good finger bones
(but they're hard to cut so mom needed to do that,
didn't want to chop off any real fingers while 
making pretend fingers!)

Crepe paper streamers were used for the intestines.

Noodle teeth. 

"E" is still working on hers,
she wanted to save it to finish with her friend
 that is coming over for a play date tomorrow morning.

Wonder what her friend's mom will think?! 

This post is part of the Smart Summer Challenge.
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Candace @Naturally Educational said...

MaryLea, I LOVE IT! I thought about doing the organs but thought it might be a bit much for the boy (almost 3)...although maybe not since he loves his "layers of the body" puzzle. I had started to brainstorm ways to do the organs--you came up with way better ones! I will definitely do this with the kids next year when the boy is a little bit older.

Mama Mel said...

OMG! I think I'm gonna have to do this with my son! We recently went to a local museum, and they had a room in the shape of a giant stomach that the kids could go into, and it made all sorts of disgusting stomach noises (farts and burps, etc.), which he loved of course! Ever since then, he has been obsessed with all things relating to the stomach! My husband and I have leftover Anatomy/Physiology books from college, and he loves looking through them and learning all the different organs and what they do. :) This would be a great activity for him! Thanks for the idea!

dannyscotland said...

The body maps are cool, but I got sidetracked reading your story about your husband's brain tumor and how you met. That is so beautiful and so meant to be it just made me cry. I am so glad he is doing well and that you found each other.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@dannyscotland --

Thank you!
He's a great guy, my best friend and partner in crime.
We feel very lucky and blessed to have each other and good health. Every day is a gift!


Olives and Pickles said...

what a great job!!
you guys are amazing..
I am so glad you guys feel blessed with each other..Best regards

Ticia said...

What an AWESOME guy! I love it!

Charlene said...

Hi MaryLea! I am sooooo glad I stumbled across your blog!! I LOVE IT!! I have been running a dayhome for the past 7 years so new ideas are always needed! Such great tutorials and ideas! Thank you! Thank you!!


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Charlene -- Welcome! Please feel free to come back every Friday and link up any posts you have for a chance to win a weekly prize from our sponsors!

pink and green mama

♥ meninheira ♥ said...

oHHHHHHHH I love it, what a beautiful idea! (and love the activity in the ligh table too)

Hugs, thanks for sharing!

lauradodson said...

goodNESS this is cool! We have a big life size poster on our boy's door of the innards ;o) of a boy's body. We'll be doing this project fo'sho'.

Jackie H. said...

That is so cool. My dad was an anatomy teacher. He'd probably like to do this with the boys in a few years! I love the way you used a variety of textures and had your girls help you brainstorm those. Super cool.

Deb Chitwood said...

Great post! What a wonderful activity ... I love your creative ideas for body parts! And the story about you and your husband was beautiful - so moving! Deb @ LivingMontessoriNow.com

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

What a fantastic learning experience, I love it!

Crystal said...

LOVE this idea! my kids are 3,5, and 7 and they are all facinated by the human body. We will definitely be doing this project! Where did you find such large sheets of paper??? Thanks!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@Crystal We use brown Contractor's paper, you can buy it at Walmart in the painting and tape area or at any home improvement store.

Pink and Green Mama

Love and Lollipops said...

This is such a fantastic idea !!!


Hodgepodgemom said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. Not only did this fit our human body homeschool studies, my kindergartener made her life sized body map as a science fair project. Her question How are sharks and humans alike? Different? and her accompanying project placed 1st in her age category and won the science fair overall! But most of all, we had such fun learning with this. Appreciate it. http://www.hodgepodge.me/2011/10/science-fair-and-art-show-results-kindergartener/

paperandthepea said...

Love this idea! Can't wait to try it.

Paper and the Pea

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your body map project! You can see it here:


If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

sara said...

I love this! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Frances Garcia said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I teach 2nd grade and have been searching for something exciting and fun to do to teach this unit. Great lesson! I am certainly going to do this with my students.

Blessings! said...

Hello. I must have come upon this post of yours several times and the time just wasn't right for our family. Here I am again and still love this craft you all did so I posted it on my blog and linked back to your post here. Just wanted to let you know. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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