Inside the Human Body promotes a scientific approach to learning. Players acquire knowledge through trial and error. Here are our top tips for playing Inside the Human Body with kids and promoting a scientific attitude in your home or classroom.
We designed our app to be a positive learning experience for kids and their parents and teachers because we know we all have concerns about children and screen time. We want to be sure that the time our kids spend watching movies and playing apps is not providing candy floss but healthy brain food. With these top tips you can be sure the time kids spend playing Inside the Human Body will be brain healthy.
Inside the Human Body inspires children to be scientific. Observation is the most fundamental scientific process.
"We form hypotheses and gather data from observations." A Parents Role in STEM Education
You can help children become active observers by asking them to describe what they see. You could ask questions like, "What can you see happening?" or "Tell me what you see."
When playing Inside the Human Body with kids, discussing your own observations with them is also a great idea. It will help get them processing the information they're observing. Use richly descriptive language, talk about the bigger picture and specific details.
You can also restate the child's own observations and extend on theirs words. Use scientific words where appropriate. Ask them what they can 'conclude' or 'predict' form their observations. This increases their vocabulary and STEM language confidence.
Children benefit greatly from exposure to an adult's use of scientific language and to seeing how adults employ their observational skills.
Help Kids Experiment
Most kids will tuck right in with this part of the game. They'll love being able to try things out. These kids might occasionally need reminding to take the time to observe the results of their actions. To process whether they're working or not. You might want to pause the game occasionally and ask questions like "What's happening here?" or "How has what you did changed things?"
Other children may feel intimidated by not having all the answers. When playing Inside the Human body with kids like this it's important to emphasize their right to make mistakes. That mistakes can be just as productive in the learning experience as getting it right!
Kids who like to have the answers might like to discuss what they're going to try with you first. Or what they think is going to happen. There are no time limits, rewards or penalties in the game. No one gets a prize for finishing first! So they have all the time they want to figure it out.
For the extremely cautious child it might help if you give some input when discussing suggestions and strategies together. Encourage them to click on the hints if they're short of ideas or need reassurance. All the information they need can be found in the app. However, they might also enjoy using other supports to research a strategy and then applying it.
Gather Information and Springboard Learning
Inside the Human Body is stuffed full of fun facts. Did you know that Dane Stig Severinsen can hold his breath for 22 minutes! Or that your digestive system has its own brain, the Enteric Nervous System (ENS)? These and many more facts are peppered throughout the game. Curious kids will love the opportunity to learn more and the diverse nature of the information.
To get the best of this feature when playing Inside the Human Body with kids why not use these facts to make a list or a poster. You could use them in a school presentation or to impress the grandparents next time they visit.
If your child is particularly interested by a fact, why not use that as a springboard to find out more. Research the subject. For example, the apnee fact mentioned above might kickstart research into human body world records or apnee practice and what makes someone good at it. If a child finds the ENS particularly interesting you could research it further using books, videos and the internet.
Don't hesitate. Use Inside the Human Body as a springboard for further research and learning!
Learning more about the Human Body
Any app is of course just one tool in the armory of learning. To support the learning experience from Inside the Human Body, you may want to read more about the different body organs and systems featured in the app. Check out our blog for our list of The Very Best Books on the Human Body for Kids.
Another great way to encourage the scientific approach promoted in our app is to plan and implement experiments about the human body with your kids. How about learning about taste buds or investigating heart rates during different activities?
Don't forget to encourage their observational skills during these activities. And make sure you record your method, materials, hypothesis, observations and if relevant, conclusions.
Taking Things Further
Check out our blog if you want to take things further. It's crammed full of :
- Fantastic facts about the human body
- Reviews of our favourite human body books and videos
- Simple and concise explanations of how things work inside the human body