Is your child learning about the human body? The spinal cord is a key part of the body’s nervous system. This model is a great way to see its components and why it is built the way it is. Here’s how t build it:
- What you’ll need: There are only a few simple ingredients for this project. Pipe cleaners, life saver gummies and the traditional hard life savers. The amount you need depends on how many spinal cords you’d like to make. It’s one pipe cleaner per cord plus approximately 20 or so of each kind of life saver.
- What to do: Have your child knot one end of the pipe cleaner. Then, alternating between the hard and soft life savers, thread the pipe cleaner through the candy. They can do this until the model has a good length to it, enough to see and demonstrate with. Then, they should knot the other end of the pipe cleaner.
- What they’ll learn: The spinal cord is a major part of the nervous system. Nerves run from the brain to the spinal cord and out all around the body. This project focuses on the spinal cord itself. Explain that the spinal cord must have soft parts as well as the hard vertebrae. The vertebrae protect all of the nerves running through the spinal cord. The soft parts allow the back to twist and turn and bend. We’d have a lot harder time moving if the spinal cord was totally solid.
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