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DIY Tooth Puzzle (FREE PRINTABLE)

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We’ve been busy learning all about our complex bodies this month. And if you’ve been here or seen pictures of what we do in the Lab, you’ll see we blend Montessori methods into our playful learning. We’re big fans of Montessori anatomy puzzles - dissecting something, putting it back together and labeling it - helps us understand things. We’re also big fans of DIY projects and felt. But this could also be done on cardboard, heavy cardstock paper or even cut wood.

To start the project, we recommend gathering these materials:

How To:

Step 1: Using the template, trace the parts onto felt

Step 2 (OPTIONAL): write Enamel, Dentin, Pulp, Gum on popsicle sticks and use as labels

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For added fun, we added a coloring page and a cut and paste worksheet to try at home. And if you laminate the coloring page, it could double as a playdough mat (play prompt: add small playdough chunks on the enamel that you need to brush off!). If you give it a try, be sure to tag us @kidlabraleigh so we can see!




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Have fun!

-Shannon

Human Body Organ Stamps (FREE PRINTABLE)

Hi guys, Shannon here, back with another resource I think you’re going to have fun with!

This month, our Play Labs are focused on the fascinating and complex systems found right inside our own bodies. So to enhance the playful learning we’re doing in the Lab, we thought we’d create a set of stamps to help us practice where each organ should go.

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To start the project, we recommend gathering these materials:

  • our stamps template

  • craft foam or cardboard

  • scissors

  • pencil

  • (optional) recycled plastic lids

  • (optional) glue

  • paint

  • foam brushes

  • printing paper

How To:

Step 1: Using the template, trace the organs onto the craft foam or cardboard and cut out.

Step 2 (OPTIONAL): Glue the organs onto the backs of recycled lids. ** Don’t forget to glue it on backwards so the stamps are anatomically correct when you begin to use them! ** We used shipping mailer caps, but yogurt or peanut butter lids would work well too. This makes it easier for little hands to use and allows them to be reused.

Step 3: Apply an even coat of paint to each stamp using a foam brush.* And have at it!

*We got a little carried away and stamped all the organs at once while the paint was still wet (whoops), but it gave us a chance to learn a bit of color theory in the process. Playful learning in action!! ;)

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If you try this at home, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @kidlabraleigh so we can see how it turns out!

Seafood hand puppets (FREE PRINTABLE)

It seems we are on a puppet making spree over here! There are so many easy ways to make puppets and they always make us a giggle. WIN-WIN. We’ll definitely be making more of these soon!

To go along with our PINK ANIMALS challenge (check us out over on Instagram @kidlabraleigh or #playthezoo to follow along), here are some pink seafood puppets. Because everyone needs a shrimp and crab puppet to add to their collection, amirite? :)

You can download the FREE PRINTABLE here.

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seafood hand puppets

(they’re shrimply crabulous)

You can adapt the template any way you see fit. For the crab, we opted to tape googly eyes directly onto our fingers to activate the puppet even more. But these would also look great just taped to popsicle sticks.

Enjoy!



Woodland Puppets (FREE PRINTABLE)

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Woodland puppets

We’ve officially launched a blog, WOOT! We hope to share lots of playful learning ideas and great resources here. We’d love to hear from you and tailor the resources to be what’s most helpful to our community, so leave a comment below or give us a holler!

First up, some Woodland animal puppets. It all started when we realized our fingers could be animal legs…

Download a FREE PRINTABLE here and make your own!