Developed by: Tinybop
A fun way to learn about the human anatomy and physiology, we love this app for its self-directed and playful style of exploration and many levels of engagement and interaction.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Every body. Ask your child to brainstorm things they already know about the human body. What does the brain do? What are the five senses? What do they see if they accidentally cut themselves?
- Human goals. Encourage your child to make a list of topics or specific questions that they would like to learn more about with regard to the human body.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Do you hear what I hear? *For this activity, make sure that you have allowed the app to access the microphone.* While exploring the nervous system, have your child click on the ear. Encourage your child to hold the instruments near and far away from the ear and watch the sound waves in the auditory canal. What happens to the eardrum and hammer? Now try tapping on the screen next to the ear. What happens? Try speaking loudly, then softly, and making different sounds. Ask your child to describe the processes they observe.
- Tell me a story. If your child holds their finger down on the screen while using the app, a recorder pops up, designed so they can ask questions and you, or a sibling, can answer them. Have them use this feature not only to ask you questions, but also to get creative. Encourage them to record a brief story related to each of the six systems on the human body app. For example, can they tell you a story about something they smelled? One about a broken bone or an imaginary person without any bones? One about taking a long swim? Etc. If they need inspiration, you can record a prompt, and they can continue the story!
- Digestive lesson. Have your child click on the digestive system image. Feed the human different items from the sidebar. What happens to the food? Are there certain foods that evoke emotions? Now have your child make the human walk or run using the legs in the corner. Pay attention to the movement of the stomach, and to any emotions (demonstrated by a face that appears in the upper right of the screen). What happens if you feed the human more immediately after? And keep running? Ask your child to think about a time when they have not felt well as a result of eating or a combination of eating and exercising too soon. What could they have done differently?
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- Taste test. Set up a taste test for your child. Put a blindfold around their eyes and have them hold their nose. Put out an array of bite-sized foods or sips of drinks for them to taste: you might choose them based on a selection such as fruits or drinks. Can they identify what they taste each time? When they have finished a grouping, remove the blindfold and let them see what the results are. How did they do?
- What an animal. Many animals have different traits than humans or use the same traits in different ways. For dolphins, their primary sense is echolocation, a sense which humans do not have. Visit your local library to learn more about dolphins or other animals and the wild, wacky, and wonderful ways they differ from human beings. Why are these traits useful to them?
- Body paint. Trace your child lying down on a large piece of craft paper. Supply them with paints and encourage them to paint the inside of their body. They could base this on facts and use images from the Human Body app for guidance or take some creative license—perhaps music symbols and images of friends or family fill their brain, favorite foods around their mouth, their favorite outdoor activities around their heart and lungs, etc. Have fun!