We printed them out, laminated them and the first one chosen by Erica was to build the skeleton. Erica set about cutting out the pieces. She did really well, but opted to ask for assistance in the end. She really did not want to cut Skelabone accidentally … yes, she had already given it a name!
During our chats about Skelabone, we briefly touched on the fact that a human skeleton (which includes bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage) and attached muscles make up the musculoskeletal system. This is what gives the body basic structure and the ability for movement.
The musculoskeletal system can be split up into the muscular system and the skeletal system. The skeletal system is what we will start to explore further, because apparently Skelabone is pretty cool and fun to hang out with!
Erica had fun putting Skelabone together in ways she thought was funny and making Skelabone talk. She really cracks me up with what she comes up with! I’ll have to remember to record more of Erica’s skits she comes up with on the fly.
As part of the free printable pack there was also The Brain Maze. Erica loves these type of puzzles. Such concentration as she puts her marker down and doesn’t take it off the paper until she has found her way out. Again, the commentary along the way is awesome!
There was also a Five Senses Matching Board. As I was still cutting out the items to stick on our board, Erica began to put the pieces where she thought they would go, without any prompting from me. She got to the end with two empty squares and two items that she felt did not fit these last two squares. So I suggested we look at each of the senses, starting with sight and look at what we have under there and assess if any of them may go elsewhere.
We started with the skunk and as Erica started to tell me about the skunk, she quickly realised that the skunk can smell really bad! So she moved that piece to smell. She was a little stuck with the floral / flower wreath as she didn’t actually know what the image was. But after I explained the image she instantly associated flowers with smell and moved it across. She was then able to place the remaining two items under sight, were she felt they needed to go.
And here we have Erica’s final version of the Five Senses Matching Board. She went through each little square and we talked about each of the five senses and correlating images. The seed has now been planted for some experiments with the five senses, stay tuned!
The free printables were a great spring board for further discussion and generating ideas. We would like to explore each area further, but for now the basic concepts and terminology have set the foundations for further exploration.
Thanks Itsy Bitsy Fun, we’ll definitely be using more of your fabulous resources in our homeschooling journey!