Wednesday 5 February 2014

Play dough Skin model

We've been using the Apologia Elementary book on Human Anatomy and Physiology. Yesterday, at our home education group we looked at the skin or integumentary system. 

I wanted the children to be able to make a model of the skin so devised a quick and easy play dough model. 

We used three different colours of play dough for the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis (OK the hypodermis isn't strictly part of the skin).

Lolly sticks represented hair follicles, cut straws were used for sweat glands and rolled up pipe cleaners were poked into the dermis next to the hair follicles for sebaceous glands (I left one on the surface of the epidermis for the photo but they were carefully buried in the session.) The hair follicles and sweat glands were carefully set in the dermis.

We left out blood vessels and nerves although threads in appropriate colours could be used.

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1 comment:

  1. Love this idea - will definitely be borrowing it :)