Play Dough Bodies

In addition to facilitating a Biology class, I am also facilitating an Elementary Anatomy class.  We are using Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy.

This week it is all about the bones and what function they have.  One important function is to help us kept or form and to protect our innards.  To learn about this, we did an experiment.

First we make play dough.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 TB of Cream of Tartar
  • 1 TB oil
  • food coloring or Koolaid (scent)
Mix altogether and cook over low until dough forms.  Remove and knead on the counter for a few minutes.  Place in plastic wrap.  Or play with it.
The yellow and the purple have been colored with Koolaid.  Neither one was a pretty color, so I added more yellow and more purple.  The scent was nasty too.  I won’t do that again.
In class the kids were instructed to make people.
They did a pretty good job of making little people.  Some were kind of strange, but that is ok.  Aren’t we all kind of strange?  Excluding me of course.
After they did all of their fine work. I told them since the bones keep or form, and the play dough people do not have bones, to go ahead and flatten the playdough people.  Once that was done, they were to stand them up and see what happens.
It couldn’t be done.  What a surprise!
The kids learned bones help us in many ways, but mainly they learned it’s a whole lot more fun to play with play dough than work on school.
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2 responses to “Play Dough Bodies

  1. That was a great visual to demonstrate the function of bones!

    I love your side photo of Carlos!! Too funny!

  2. The kids made some cute little clay people. =)

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