Body talk

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By Bev HarroldReception teacher and early years consultant

Get physical and explore different parts of the body

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Body talk

1 Dem bones, dem bones

Create a skeleton using a selection of different resources

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Designing and Making

Development matters: realise that tools can be used for a purpose (30-50 months); use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.

What you need

Group size: small group.

Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg (Puffin Books); model or picture of a human skeleton; X-ray; pasta tubes; spaghetti; used matchsticks; cotton reels; straws; wool; string; glue; black paper.

What to do

Read Funnybones to the children. Talk about skeletons and what would happen if we didn’t have one. Do animals need a skeleton? Show the children a model or a picture of a human skeleton. Can they feel their bones? Look at an X-ray and talk about what it shows.

Provide the children with a range of materials and discuss how these could be used to create a skeleton on a sheet of black paper. Encourage them to look at different ways to join the ‘bones’ together. Suggest that they draw their skeleton first so that they can remember where to put the ‘bones’.

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