12 CHAPTER 1
For this activity, plan to work with one small group of children at a time. Tell
each small group of children that they are going to make a body and can draw
or paint it on paper, mold it out of modeling clay, or create it with stuffing and
dress-up clothes (like a scarecrow). Encourage them to decide what kind of
body they want to make and ask whether they want to make the body alone or
together. Help them identify the materials they need, and help them make a
plan. Facilitate and support children as needed. Play the song “Skin” by Angie
Bolton and Dennis Westphall. Talk with children about the importance of skin
on the bodies they are making, and encourage them to include as many body
parts as possible.
aLMP materials identified by children, a recording of “Skin” by Angie Bolton and
Dennis Westphall, and an audio device for playing music
Invite a medical professional to visit
the classroom with charts, X-rays,
and models of the human body.
Help children cut out linked paper
dolls. Provide paper strips, and show
children how to fold the strip back
and forth into four equal parts. With
the paper folded, help children draw
Invite a veterinarian to visit the class-
a picture of a child with arms out-
room with animal pictures, charts,
stretched, touching the sides of the
X-rays, and models of animal bodies.
paper. Provide a template for them to
draw around if needed. Have chil-
Read Contemplating Your Bellybutton
dren cut around the outline, except
by Jun Nanao.
where the arms touch the edges.