Kids sure do like things that move!
We’re studying Lesson 3 Anatomy (Blood and Guts), which is the Muscular System, so we made hands with working tendons and moving fingers.
Yes, these will go into our insanely-growing lapbooks.
To make these, you’ll need the following for each student:
1 sheet of construction paper
5 drinking straws
5 pony beads
Before the class, cut the string into 18″-lengths. I used the unraveling-kind of string, so I had to melt the ends. Each student will need 5. Also, cut 2 V-shaped notches in each straw. Have the students trace their hand, and about 1-inch of arm, past the wrist, onto the construction paper. Remind them to be careful about keeping the pencil straight up and down, or they’ll end up with super-skinny digits! Cut out the hands. Tape the straws to each of the fingers, keeping the notches up. Clip any excess straw that goes beyond the palm. Tie a bead to the end of one of a string, and feed it through the straw. Once all the strings are through, tie all the strings together in a large knot. Make the fingers move by gently pulling on one string at a time. To glue this into your lapbook, Put glue on the back of the palm and wrist only. Do NOT put glue on the fingers, or it won’t work!