We got most of our hands on muscle activities done this week. I think I will give up on the last one for now……. We observed and looked at a portion of flank steak to observe muscle tissue, but by far the kids’ favorite activity was:
Learning about muscles through exercise
I sent them upstairs to clean out the loft and then we all headed upstairs to exercise as I took pictures of them.
First up push ups, which Princess so ably demonstrated for me to take a picture, and then we all joined in doing 10 push ups. Afterwards we talked through what muscles were used. The kids all had fun identifying muscles used.
This next one is the boys’ favorite exercise from Kung Fu. You crouch down and then leap up as high as you can. A great way to exercise your legs, particularly your thighs.
This next one is sit ups, my old enemy. Actually I think push ups are more so. Though my stomach muscles right now might disagree. Either way, another great exerecise.
I don’t know what this one is called, I know it’s a yoga pose, but I remember this one from my brief stint in gymnastics over 20 years ago (wow, that’s depressing). It’s a great way to stretch legs, abdomen, back, and if you try moving around while doing it, it’s a great exercise in general.
Touching your toes is great because it’s a way to get your kids aware of not just their muscles, but the tendons because you can feel it all stretching. You can also feel back muscles stretching.
This was a great lesson for the kids to learn how all of their muscles work together.
Let’s see what others did this week:
Each week I’m spotlighting a few posts that were shared previously. Many posts get linked up later in the week and they don’t always get as many clicks as they deserve, so I’m trying to spotlight a few every week.
Navigating by Joy shared a cool hydraulics experiment. She explains what hydraulics is AND has some fun hands on learning to go with it.
The Homeschool Scientist shared some great classification tips and some printables you can use. If you aren’t reading her blog, I’d highly recommend it.
Marie’s Pastiche shared about raising silkworms and what they learned about keeping them alive. I have to admit I was rather intrigued because we’re about to be learning about ancient China and making silk.
And one linked up on Friday, with some great 5 senses experiments, I’m going to use some of these when we get there in anatomy.
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Now link up your SCIENCE posts for the week, and then visit some of the other posts linked up and say hi. I’m going to be pinning, commenting, FBing or tweeting all of the posts linked up as the week goes by.