My son is very interested in how the body works. He is always asking me what happens to the food we eat, or why does our heart beat or how come we get sick. For me, personally, I greatly enjoying being able to share my medical education with my son, but for most these question may be harder to answer. A child with an inquisitive mind needs to be nurtured and feed, with accurate information. I am a firm believer that you should always answer the scientific questions with absolute truth and accuracy. No, this does not mean that I think you should give your four year old the complete 18 year-olds version of the birds and bees but you also should not give falsehood – especially thought that talk about the poop fairy or other mystical explanations for our body’s function. Gauge your child’s intellectual level when answering, and always be sure that you are answering the question being asked. If
you are not certain about the question, get clarification from your child, because you have to remember that they cannot always express themselves in terms we understand.
The Human Body Detectives
When it comes to the more extensive questions that usually come from your children between the ages of 6 and 10, you may want to turn to the aide of Dr. Heather Manley, ND, the creator of the Human Body Detectives Series. This series currently has three installments – the circulatory system, the immune system and the digestive system. Each one includes an activity workbook and audio CD.
The HBD stories feature two young “Human Body Detectives,” Merrin and Pearl, who magically enter different systems in the body to solve health mysteries. Through action packed educational adventures, listeners learn how the various systems work and which foods best fuel each system. The accompanying workbook’s activities, puzzles and colorful stickers reinforce what the kids learn.
I was given the chance to review on of the titles in the series and I selected Merrin and Pearl’s First Case: The Lucky Escape: An Imaginative Adventure through the Digestive System.
Merrin and Pearl’s little brother Robbie has swallowed a penny. Through magic and imagination, the girls find themselves on an adventure through his digestive system where they must grab the penny to help him and escape his poopy diaper.
I chose this one not because it was first in the series by because my son is constantly asking me about eating and food and poop! I love that the workbook starts out with a great overview of the digestive system. The audio CD is narrated by Dr. Manley and her daughters (Merrin and Pearl) “play” themselves. It is very easy to listen to, with good cadence in the speaking. My son was instantly enthralled (which I wasn’t quite sure would happen, since it was just heard and not seen). The workbook has a number of other activities, like a crossword, maze and wordsearch. It also has diagrams to label and questions to answer. There is also an answer key in the end. This is one of those educational tools, that teaches children without them realizing they are learning – making it fun and enjoyable. I would highly recommend the Human Body Detectives to anyone with kids in this age group. The information is simple but not patronizing to their intellects.
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One lucky winner will win a copy of Battle with the Bugs by The Human Body Detectives!
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