Sunday, 18 August 2013

Pre-School Science - Why We Have Bones

The Little Man asked me the other day why there are bones in our hands. I tried explaining that bones give our hands their shape and structure, but I could tell that my explanation was not simple enough.

So I decided to utilise visual aids!

I used a latex glove and 5 straws.

First, I showed him the glove, likened to a hand, and illustrated its inherent floppiness.

Then I slipped a straw into each of the fingers, and then showed him how the 'hand' can now be raised. We high-fived it a few times.

Extra: as I had used bendy straws, I also showed him how fingers can bend.

So there you go! A quick and simple way to teach a pre-schooler (and beyond, actually) about the function of bones. :)

Little Man : 3 yrs 2 months


  1. Cool! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this! It's so brilliant, yet simple. Hopefully my brain will allow me to store this very clever lesson, so that I can teach N about bones when he's older. Thanks for sharing! :)



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