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Preschool/Kindergarten age human body education

post #1 of 16
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I'm looking for some good books for my 5 year old boy who is very interested in learning about his body and the difference between his body and girls' bodies.

He keeps asking if I have a penis or if I ever had a penis and when I tell him that I don't and that boys and girls are born with different parts, he asks if he can see mine.

He's asking more and more lately so I'd really like to find some books for his age level to help explain the differences.

Thank you!


P.S. It's been awhile since I have been here and am shocked at how overrun it is with advertisements. I can understand a few but this is the most advertisement laden forum I have ever seen and I visit quite a few!
post #2 of 16
I bought my son

* First Human Body Encyclopedia (dk first reference series)
* Amazing You! Getting Smart about your private parts
* Teacher Created Resources "My Body"

We've been using the Encyclopedia and My Body each week. We created an outline of him on paper and hung it on the wall. He colors the organ we are covering and then we put it on his paper outline. We read about each organ in the encyclopedia and other library books.

Amazing You is good for knowing the differences between girls and boys. It's a story book. My son (5) has lots of questions about p*nises and v*ginas and we've had lots of discussions.
post #3 of 16
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post #4 of 16
I bought a set of short books from Scholastic a few years ago- there was one on the brain, your heart and the senses.
I honestly liked the Magic School Bus Series- The Human Body and the one where Ralphie is sick. The girls really enjoyed these along with the books.

I also have a very in depth book USBORNE books, and some simpler ones about the human body.
post #5 of 16
I don't want to hijack this thread, but I'm looking for some free online resources on the human body for my 3 year-old. I would really love to find something that is an outline of the human body with organs inside and then we could have another set of organs cut out so that we could match them up to the one on the body (if that makes sense). He's really interested in knowing where things are like the brain goes in the head, and poop comes out the bottom, etc.
post #6 of 16
I second the DK First Human Body Encyclopedia and The Magic Schoolbus books. Magic Schoolbus has a few different books in which they go inside the human body and look at how the immune system works, the circulatory system, how muscles work, the digestive system. And of course there's always the show, which my DD loves and which actually *is* an educational cartoon.
post #7 of 16
My dc & myself included, love the Usborne See Inside Your Body. It has lift & flaps, is packed with tons of good solid information & is just plain fun.
post #8 of 16
My 4 and 7 yo really enjoyed taping together paper to make a shape large enough to lay down on while I traced the outlines of their bodies. They each drew in different organs from there.
The idea sprung out of reading the Magic School Bus Human Body book.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by ZanZansMommy View Post
My dc & myself included, love the Usborne See Inside Your Body. It has lift & flaps, is packed with tons of good solid information & is just plain fun.
This is our favorite too. Nothing on differences between boys and girls, but good unisex anatomy info.
post #10 of 16
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P.S. It's been awhile since I have been here and am shocked at how overrun it is with advertisements. I can understand a few but this is the most advertisement laden forum I have ever seen and I visit quite a few!
Seriously!
post #11 of 16
Hi there,

We bought a Beleduc brand layered puzzle that shows a boy and a girl (sold separately) with their respective body parts. Each one has layers so that you can put together puzzles of the skin, bones, organs etc. They are pricey IMHO but cool.

Unfortunately my daughter got a look of horror when I began showing her how the layers worked! I put it away to try again in a few years.
post #12 of 16
I got a used Beleduc puzzle and it rocks! It does show the boy part on ours. There is also a girl puzzle, a pregnant mother puzzle, and I think they make some nature ones, like a flower. The layers are so cool in these puzzles. It is easy for my 5 year old, but I suppose could be a challenge for very young ones.

We haven't started our human body studies yet, but I want to very soon as we have Body Worlds coming to the Denver museum soon. So I've been gathering resources over the year, but just now really making sure we have everything ready.

The DK Human Body Encyclopedia is great, people had mentioned it. Magic School Bus is always a fun choice. I found a very simple human body anatomy coloring book - My First Human Body Book.

Enchanted Learning is always helpful for this kind of stuff. My subscription ran out, but I still find it helpful. This page looks helpful for free printouts and coloring pages.

We also just picked up this - Smart Lab You Explore It Human Body.

I have more indepth body books in my cart, but since we haven't gotten them yet, I can't say much about them. But I got some more great ideas from everyone, thanks!

Yeah, I hate the ads, this is the only site I visit that has popup ads.
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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by ZanZansMommy View Post
My dc & myself included, love the Usborne See Inside Your Body. It has lift & flaps, is packed with tons of good solid information & is just plain fun.
I second this recommendation. My 4 year old son loves this book and quotes all sorts of information from it when he is chatting with my midwife.

Both my kids have loved "The Bare Naked Book" by Kathy Stinson. It goes through all sorts of body parts (e.g. hair, teeth, nose) with examples of how they can look different. The illustrations include adults and kids. There is also a section in the middle that throws in "Penises...That's for boys" and "Vaginas...That's for girls". I like that it is honest about the differences without making a big deal out of it.
post #15 of 16
thanks for all the great great resources
post #16 of 16
wanted to share this online resource:
http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschoo...s_science.html

were using this kinda as a spine for our science this yr as a whole yr about the body. Great info on books and such for kids.
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