Digestive System Board

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Part of our Anatomy Series--The Digestive Board. Follow the path as food enters and exits the body. Use this as a way to learn about different parts of the digestive system by tracing it, labeling it, discussing proper eating habits and what happens to food in the different parts of the path. 

Board comes with a tracing stick and five wood balls (as shown in the first photo). Does not include the flags. The other photos are inspiration for crafty ideas you can make to accompany the board. 



What can you do with this board?

* Trace - Talk about each part of digestion while tracing the path.

* Discuss - Research and discuss what each part of the digestive process is for as well as the different things that happen during digestion such as gas, different kinds of poop, absorption of nutrients from the food, and so on.

* Label - Create flags by gluing paper strips to toothpicks and using clay/play dough/beeswax to hold them upright on the board. Use the flags to either name each part of the body or describe it. Allowing the children to write the words or descriptions is a wonderful writing assignment and helps them remember the information even better.

* Mold - Use clay/play dough/beeswax to mold bits of food and show its various stages through digestion from entering the mouth, being chewed, stomach acid changing it, and then as it moves through the intestines to become poop. Use the foods to talk about good eating habits and what is best for the digestive process--such as eating more easily digestible foods first so they don't end up sitting int eh stomach too long and creating gas. Model different kinds of poop and talk about what causes it and what the best kind is like. 

* Peristalsis - Take a piece of panty hose or other stretchy material and create a tube to lay into the esophagus. Then push the wood ball into the top of the tube and use your finger to push the ball along, demonstrating the contraction and release of the esophagus to push food down using peristalsis.

Parts of the body featured on the board: tongue, salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, appendix, and rectum. You can get more specific by adding in other parts such as duodenum, upper and lower esophageal sphincters, and the parts inside the organs such as bile, stomach acid, and more. 

I am not a doctor, so this is my best interpretation of the digestive system and presenting your children with a hands on way of learning about the human body.

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Includes tracing stick and 5 wood 1/2-inch balls. Made from maple hardwood and polished with natural oil. Measures 9.5x15.75 inches. Wood is 0.5 inch thick and weighs 1.5 pounds.

An original “From Jennifer” design.