This week is dedicated to our littlest scientists, kindergarten age and younger! Bring your group to visit Sesame Street Presents: The Body and stay for a series of activities focused on health and wellness.
They say there are no two faces in the world that are alike. In this activity kids will use household items and art material like plates, markers, construction paper and tissue paper to “construct” their own faces to highlight facial features and different expressions. We’re betting that no two kids will come up with the same design either.
Skeletons are the foundation of the human body. Kids will learn about how bones support their bodies and how each is responsible for helping move certain parts of the body.
Everybody has one but we’re betting that you don’t know what ‘kind” you have. Visitors will learn about the different types of patterns their fingerprints can have (loops, whorls or arches). We’ll be conducting our own little social science experiment as we gather data about how many other people have the same classification. Be ready to make your thumbprint into a really cool picture to take home.
With so many choices out there to eat, it’s hard to tell sometimes if something is good or bad for us. This activity will help kids determine the difference and then chart their decisions by gluing different food items onto a chart labeled “healthy” or “unhealthy”.
How our internal organs work is a hard thing for most preschoolers to grasp. This activity shows how lungs work using ordinary household supplies. Parents – you’ll get an activity card to take home with the directions for creating your own lungs and diaphragm at home.
With cold and flu season knocking on our door, this activity will help visitors (both kids and adults) learn about better hand-washing hygiene. Before washing their hands, visitors will be asked to apply a glow-in-the-dark hand lotion. After washing, visitors will place their hands beneath a UV light to see how well they did.
Big Bright Smiles
Stains on teeth build up over time, but with regular brushing and avoiding sugary drinks, you can help to eliminate some of the staining. This activity will enable kids to see what soda can do to their teeth and just how long it can take to brush those stains away by brushing the soda stains off of an egg!
Dentists always tell us to brush twice a day and floss OFTEN! This activity gives kids a visual understanding about the need for thorough flossing and regular brushing. Kids will put on plastic gloves, cover them with shaving cream and then try to floss them with yarn. This activity emphasizes the need for good dental hygiene.
Get Your Blood Flowing
Getting active is a great way to maintain heart health. Visitors will learn about their pulse and heart rate and see how it changes with increased movement.