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