Looking at real x-rays with preschoolers is a fun way to talk about the human body and engage young children in real world science!
I will be sharing Letter "X" preschool activities all week! Be sure to join us!!
As part of our Letter "X" day, we looked at real x-rays with our preschoolers. This is a fabulous way to jump into the science of the human body! Here are a few discovery points for x-rays and preschoolers:
* Bones are inside our body! Encourage your preschoolers to find hard bones on themselves. (Elbows, arm bones, and leg bones were the first bones bones our kiddos pointed out.)
* Look at a picture in a book (or print one from the internet) showing a skeleton. Most people have about 206 bones. Each foot has 26 bones! Can you find them in the picture?
* Bones re-grow constantly! Ask your children if they have ever broken a bone? It can take about two months for a bone to re-grow.
* X-rays machines work like cameras. They send x-rays (instead of light) into your body. The x-rays can pass right through tissue like skin, but most x-rays bounce off of hard things like bones. In the picture above, you can see the bones and the foot around them. The soft parts of the foot look like a cloud.
Looking at x-ray films requires light to shine onto the film. You can hold the x-ray film up to the window, use a pre-made light box, or make your own simple light box. (If you want to buy one, I have affiliate links at the bottom of this post.)
I prefer to use a simple home-made light box. I have a string of white Christmas lights that I keep handy for when I need one. Just place your string of lights inside a large transparent bucket (I use a big Sterilite container), snap the lid back on, and plug them in! Ta da! Instant light box! Turn off surrounding lights for the best effect!
To use it with your x-rays, simply place the x-ray on top of the light box.
We had an x-ray of my daughter's foot because she broke some toes last summer. If you don't have any x-rays, you can use pictures, buy an x-ray set (see affiliate link below), or make your own x-ray images like The Measured Mom.
I will be posting more Letter "X" activities during the next week...be sure to check back and get them all!!
Below are Amazon affiliate links for x-rays and light boxes. Buying after clicking on the link never costs you more money, but I do get a small commission for referring you. Thank you for supporting our homeschooling family!!
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