How does your body move?

Last week, someone told us they want to learn about the body and how it moves!

We all have a lot of bones in our body. When a human is born, they have about 300 bones in their body. As they grow up, these bones attached (or fuse) together to make larger bones. When you become an adult, you will have 206 bones in your body!!! These bones together make up your SKELETON.
*How many bones do you think you have in your skeleton right now?*

The Human Skeleton

However, the skeleton is not the only thing inside of our body. We are able to move because attached to our skeleton (or skeletal system) is our muscular system! When these two systems work together, they make up the musculoskeletal system.

The muscular system is made up of muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. You have 600 muscles!!! Muscles are the largest of these four helpers, but they would not be able to move the bones without joints, tendons, or ligaments.

Aaron was wondering: “How do our muscles make us stronger?” Our muscles make us stronger when THEY get stronger! To get strong muscles it is important to keep your body healthy by eating yummy foods, drinking water, and moving your body around. Attached, I have pictures of my nieces showing us how to keep our bodies healthy!

Activity ideas

– Journal entry… How many bones do you think your body has right now? Try to draw a picture of what you think your skeleton looks like right now at 4 or 5 years old. Then write the number!
– Share a picture or video (on the Classroom Stream or SeeSaw page) of your favorite yummy food, favorite way to drink water, or favorite way to move your body!
– MOVE YOUR BODY!! In the Red Room, I like to ask the children to start running. Every thirty seconds or so, I will yell out a different movement for them to switch to! This gets their heart pumping while keeping their attention! Here are some different moves to consider.
– Running! A favorite.
– Bear walk on all fours
– Skip
– Gallop
– Hop 
– Roll
– Jumping Jacks
– Squats 
– Create a list of movements for your parents, grandparents, or siblings to do. It can be like a challenge!

Here are some video links to deeper explain the muscular system if your child is interested!

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