Best Human Body Books for 6-8 Year Olds

Books For Kids On Human Bodies

Books for Kids on Bodies

By the time kids get the 6-8 year old bracket, full scale curiosity is starting to kick in followed up with the fact that they don’t accept ‘because it is’ as an answer!  We recently discovered this first hand with our daughter when my husband hurt his neck at work.  The questions were steady: why did dad’s neck hurt?  Why did he need a special pillow?  Why was that pillow the best pillow for neck pain?

After the first couple of vague questions, I realised help was needed as it was all beyond my basic knowledge of such things.  So I promised my daughter a book on human physiology so she could understand all of it herself.  Then the question was; which was the best book?

First Human Body Encyclopedia (DK First Reference Series)

DK are always a reliable choice in my opinion for any subject they produce a book on.  This caught my eye due to the brand name and because it has a good range of content.  It covers all the parts of the body from cells right the way up to major bodily system, and it breaks it down in such a way that younger kids can understand it.  There are plenty of photographs to help them visualise what is being explained and can be used as a teaching aid for parents and even teachers.

Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

This one is probably aimed at the lower end of the age group and perhaps a little younger (it states 4-8 inside).  The Cat in the Hat takes a little boy and girl on a ride through the body and introduces them to all the different parts as well as a whole range of other strange trips to help understand physiology.

Uncover the Human Body: An Uncover It Book

This is another book from a series like DK covering the human body in this one.  It has a range of areas covered including the basics of the body as well as explaining why things happen such as why bones can bend without breaking and how to protect yourself against germs.  This one is probably aimed at the higher end of the scale and states 8+ so is more comprehensive and a little less visual than the previous one.

See Inside Your Body

This book guides the young reader through the body in a completely accurate but humorous way which incorporates colourful illustrations and diagrams.  There are over 50 little flaps which can be lifted up to learn even more about the body.

Start Exploring: Gray’s Anatomy: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book

This is a slightly novel way to learn about the body using drawings from the famous Gray’s Anatomy book written in 1858 by anatomist Henry Gray.  The children colour in he drawings to learn the parts of the body at they go.  This is also one for the upper end of the age scale and states 8+ on the book.

Safety And Nonstick In The Kitchen

The reasons for popularity of nonstick cookware are easy to understand. As much fun as cooking is for many, the clean up is a chore few cooks relish. A pan or pot that rinses easily and is completely clean with no scrubbing or soaking can never make the task of kitchen duty fun, but it is faster, and more sanitary than leaving food sitting in cookware soaking. The best nonstick cookware surfaces have made the kitchen an easier, and safer place to enjoy cooking.

 

Safe and Efficient

 

Safety is an important matter for those who cook rather this is professionally or at home. nonstick cookware setWhile some people have expressed concern about using pans, pots or other cookware with this type of coating the reality as often happens in the kitchen is found through checking the science of how heating changings the chemical make up of anything from organic material to metals.

The surface of nonstick cookware is either engineered to reduce materials from sticking to it readily or it’s given a coating capable of fulfilling this function. The coating doesn’t itself is not charged by heating, and will not come off during the cooking or frying process. The various types of coatings are tested before marketing to ensure it doesn’t imbue the foods cook with any of chemicals used to render the cookware nonstick when used correctly. Unless the cook heats a piece of cookware beyond 600 degrees Fahrenheit the coating will not decompose, and even at this level the amount of chemicals it will release are minimal.

 

Nonstick usually involves polytetraflouoroehylene or PTFE known to cooks around the world as Teflon. Other types of coatings have made it simpler to find the type of cookware designed without having to give up on it being a nonstick surface. The most popular are ceramics, enameled cast iron, seasoned cast iron, anodized aluminum, and silicone.

 

Using Nonstick at Home

 

The best nonstick cookware to use at home will depend on the most common cooking needs of the individual cook along with the style of the kitchen itself. Long gone are the days when the cast iron skillet came in only one color or style. The newest designs sport not only a nonstick coating, but also other attributes making then indispensible in the kitchen. Ergonomic designs for handles and lids make tasks like holding the pan at angle or removing a lid less stressful on the hands and wrists. The lightweight design of some of this type of cookware helps when moving pans or pots around the stove even when full.

 

What to Look for From Nonstick Surface Cookware

When looking at the best nonstick cookware features most cooks will want certain attributes, which allow for easier, and faster meals. One of the biggest pluses for the nonstick pan is there less need to use oils giving what’s fried a more natural taste. Cooks typically swear by the types of lids they prefer whether these are glass that lets you see what’s simmering, or metals that help the dish stay at a steady simmer. Along with having a coating that keeps food from sticking to the inside of the cookware, an exterior that doesn’t stain from use is a good choice since this will increase the number years of possible use.

 

The Top Nonstick Cookware

 

Those who cook at home usually admire and envy the cookware they see professionals using, but the price of some nonstick cookware is reasonable enough for the home chef. These items are often found in several piece sets, and this can make having everything needed for any cooking task readily at hand.

 

What If You Didn’t Have Electricity?

Electricity is such a big part of our lives. Without electricity, we wouldn’t be able to use computers, watch TV, light up our rooms, or do countless other things. Those telephone poles with wires streaming throughout the neighborhood that you see every day are carrying electricity from house to house. Every day, electricity is a huge part of our lives.

Electricity for kids might seem like a very mysterious thing. After all, electricity has been part of kids’ lives for so long, it is hard to imagine a time before electricity existed! So, we know that we need electricity to power our homes, cell phones, TVs and lamps, but what exactly is electricity?

 lightning boltWhat Is It?

The attraction of particles (particles are tiny, microscopic objects) with opposite charges and the repulsion of particles with the same charge is electricity. This is the definition of electricity, but the definition alone does not truly help a kid understand electricity. Experiments and projects are the way to go when it comes to understanding electricity. To understand the idea of static electricity, the famous balloon experiment is often used in classrooms.

 Balloon Experiment

Teachers have used this experiment for decades as a fun, educational way to teach kids about how static electricity works. The experiment is pretty simple. The teacher asks the students to rub a balloon against their hair about ten times. The teacher will ask the students to then slowly remove the balloon from their hair. The students then place the balloon on a wall, and shockingly, the balloon sticks to the wall like a magnet.

This happens because the static electricity created from rubbing the balloon against hair is unable to discharge itself. The student will then discover that the balloon is stuck to the wall!

 

static electricityWhy did the balloon stick to the wall? It’s electricity. Rubbing the balloons against your hair created static electricity. Your hair is positively charged. The balloon is negatively charged.  The balloon and your hair have opposite charges. Remember, a part of electricity is the attraction of particles with opposite charges. In this experiment, the two particles were your hair and the balloon.

When you begin rubbing your hair against the balloon, your hair starts to get attracted to the negatively charged balloon. This caused the area you rubbed your hair against the balloon to be positively charged. That is why you were able to stick the balloon to the wall. These two opposites attract.

Learn More

If a kid wants to learn more about electricity, many fun science books are available for them to read. These books explain electricity for kids in ways they can understand. A fun book about electricity for kids is the popular  Magic School Bus And The Electric Field Trip book.

This book combines the world of fantasy with the world of science. The facts about electricity are explained in a fun way for kids to understand. This book, along  with the fun balloon experiment, can help kids see that electricity is not a mysterious thing at all.

Where Did That Bruise Come From?

You have probably had a time when you were playing outside on a nice day with your friends. Perhaps you were playing soccer with friends. You’re running all around the field, trying to kick that ball. Well, before you knew it, you trip and land on your legs. This trip probably didn’t hurt too much, and you were up and chasing that soccer ball moments later.

bruised kidA few days later, maybe you notice a  spot  on your leg where you fell. Now you’re wondering what that spot is! Well, it is nothing to fear. That spot is called a bruise. So, what exactly is a bruise? And why did it form even if you didn’t feel much pain? Well, here is the scoop on bruises on legs.

Bumps an Bruises 

First, bruises are very normal. If you have ever had a cut, and needed a band aid, that was because your skin broke. Well, a bruise is when the skin did not break.  You formed a bruise because you hit your leg on the ground.  When your leg hit the ground, muscle fibers and connective tissue under your skin got hurt, but your skin did not break. The impact of your leg hitting the ground caused blood from ruptured capillaries (small blood vessels) to try escaping by leaking out under the skin.

However, since there is no cut, the blood has nowhere to go. That is why a bruise forms in that spot where you fell. This bruise is nothing to be afraid of, but it might be a little tender when you touch it. It’s color can look red or purplish.

 When Will It Go Away?

You might be wondering how long you must stare at this strange little bruise on your leg. Well, a bruise can last around two weeks. During the two weeks on your leg, the bruise will go through many color changes. This is normal, because your body is working hard to get rid of the bruise.

Here is what you can expect to happen to your bruise over the two weeks until it leaves your leg:

The first sign you have a bruise is when you notice a reddish spot on your leg. This happens because blood is appearing under your skin. (remember, the blood has nowhere to go, because you haven’t cut the skin.)

You’ll Have To Wait A Little While

Over the next 1 or 2 days, the bruise turns into a bluish-purple or blackish color. Why does this happen? An iron-containing substance that carries oxygen called hemoglobin is the reason for the new bruise color.

Around day 5 to 10, you might notice the bruise has changed colors on you again. Now, it is greenish or yellowish. On the plus side, the bruise is getting closer to completely disappearing from your skin. But it isn’t quite there yet.

Kid with boo boo

Days 10 through 14 are the days when that bruise will become yellow-brown or light brown. Now you know for certain that the bruise is nearly healed. Soon after this, after about two weeks, your bruise will be gone!

 

If you noticed you got bruises on legs from soccer, and your friends didn’t, that is because we all bruise differently. Don’t worry! Now that you know what a bruise is, you don’t have to fear your bruise or stop having fun outside!

The Mystery of Volcanoes

Volcanoes are a fascinating part of nature. There are many interesting volcano fact for kids to learn. The first fact to know is that a volcano is actually a type of mountain. Unlike regular mountains, volcanoes are openings into the Earth’s mantle, which is deep underground and so hot that rocks melt and become magma. When volcanoes are active they can let ash, gas and hot magma escape. This is what happens when a volcano erupts.

volcano erupts What Happens When They Erupt

The Earth can be affected in many ways by a volcanic eruption.  Trees or buildings close to an erupting volcano may be burned or destroyed by hot lava that escaped from the volcano.  One of the most famous volcanoes of all time is the Mount Vesuvius volcano. The ancient city of Pompeii in Italy was completely destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius volcano in the year 79 AD.

Since then, people have learned to build cities further away from active volcanoes. Large volcanic eruptions can send ash flying over 17 miles above the Earth’s surface. Also, Earth’s temperature can be dropped by about half a degree when big volcanic eruptions reflect radiation from the sun.

 4 Kinds Of Volcanoes

There are four kinds of volcanoes: active, erupting, dormant, and extinct. An active volcano has had at least one eruption in the past 10,000 years. An erupting volcano is a volcano that is having an eruption. Dormant volcanoes haven’t had eruptions in a long time. Although, there is a good chance they will someday erupt again. Finally, extinct volcanoes do not erupt anymore. It has been over 10,000 years since they last erupted, and it seems unlikely they’ll erupt again.

How Many Volcanoes Are On Earth?

volcano smokeThere are at least 1,500 active volcanoes all around the world at this time. One of those volcanoes is located in Hawaii. The Mauna Loa volcano is the largest volcano in the world. It is 13,000 feet above sea level. Since 1843, the volcano has had 33 eruptions.

In America, most volcanoes are in the states of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington. Another famous volcano in America is the Mt. St Helens volcano. This volcano erupted on May 18th, 1980, in the state of Washington. The blast of the volcano was so powerful that people living in far away states like California, Oregon and Idaho could hear the blast!

Ring Of Fire

Many of the world’s volcanoes are located around the Ring of Fire. This is an area of land in the basin of the Pacific ocean that has 453 volcanoes. Ninety percent of the world’s earthquakes and eight-one percent of the world’s largest earthquakes happen along the Ring of Fire.

volcano looks like mountainThese facts were just a few of the many volcano facts for kids. The internet has many facts, but visiting a local natural history museum can give a kid a much more in-depth look at volcanoes. While at the museum, kids can take tours and have many of their volcano questions answered by knowledgeable museum employees.

How do magnets work?

Magnets for kids are more than something to hold up a good grade on the fridge. Every day, magnets are used in our lives. That credit card that adults use when they pay for items at stores has a magnet in it. The black strip across the back of the card is a magnet used to store data. The garbage disposal in your kitchen has a magnet.  What helps activate speakers in telephones and cell phones? Magnets.

The motor inside the garbage disposal  that adults use has a magnet to help it run.  Vending machines also use magnets. The magnets in the vending machine are there to make sure you are paying with real coins. The vending machine will also be able to tell if you are paying with a real dollar for your candy. If you tried to pay with a Monopoly dollar from your board game, the machine would reject this. That is because a real dollar bill has magnetic dust in its ink.

EarthEarth Is A Magnet

The biggest magnet of all is the planet you live on. Earth is a magnet.  Just like planet Earth, every magnet has a north pole and south pole. The north pole of one magnet will always be attracted to the south pole of another magnet, but two of the same pole will push each other away.  Since the Earth is a magnet, this is why magnets are said to have a north and south pole.

 

Magnet Experiment

This little experiment with a compass will help kids understand the idea:

A compass uses a small magnet to find the Earth’s north pole.  One end of the small magnet will be attracted to the north pole, and the other end to the south pole so it will always align north/south.  Children can easily learn about magnets in a compass by making one with a cork, needle and a bowl of water.

Rub the needle with a strong magnet. This will make the needle become magnetized. Then, place the needle on top of a cork floating in water. It should point to the north. See what happens to the needle when you try to bring another magnet near your compass!

Experiment #2

Here is another fun magnet experience that is easy to do at home. Gather up as many everyday items as you can. These items can include pens, pencils, coins, spoons, paper clips and aluminum foil. Grab your favorite magnet, and start testing whether these everyday items are magnetic. You can test these items by seeing if they stick to the magnet. If certain items do not stick to your magnet, they do not contain iron. You might be surprised by which items contain iron and which do not.

big magnetLong Lasting

Magnets for kids are a great learning tool in the classroom. They are inexpensive, clean, and can be reused from year to year.  Magnets seem mysterious and magical to kids, but the science behind magnets is anything but magical. When kids learn with magnets, they’re always learning about many other scientific facts. Magnets for kids are a great way for kids to get excited about science.

Teaching Science to a Preschooler

Preschoolers are very curious about the world.  This is a perfect time for preschoolers to start learning about science. A great way for preschoolers to start learning about science is through fun science activities. Combining learning with fun activities is a way for kids to be very excited about exploring the world they live in.

Science activities for preschoolers can be very fun and educational.  The best part about these activities is that they can be practiced at home. Parents can join in and explore the fun world of science with their kids.

 Making It FunPre school kids

Who says science has to be boring? The fun thing about science is that it can be learned anywhere at any time. Science is all around us. You might think you have to wait until school starts until your preschooler begins learning about science. Why wait? Your kitchen is filled with lots of items that can be used for fun science activities for preschoolers.

Mentos and Diet Coke

 

Do you have a pack of Mentos in your pocket and a bottle of Diet Coke in the refrigerator? If you do, you’re ready to show your preschooler one of the most popular science experiments. Just make sure you conduct this experiment outside- it can get messy!

Once you are outside, stand the Diet Coke bottle up  and remove the bottle cap. Put some sort of funnel or tube on top of it so you can drop the Mentos in at the same time (about half the pack is a good amount).  This funnel will make it easier to put the Mentos in the Diet Coke at the same time. Put about half the package of Mentos down the funnel. This should be enough. Now, stand back, or you will get splashed with a whole lot of Diet Coke!

If the experiment is done correctly, the diet coke will shoot out of the bottle. You have created a mini geyser! Here is a picture of a geyser. 

The Mentos and Diet Coke experiment is just one of many fun science activities for preschoolers. If your preschooler wants to try other experiments, the kitchen is filled with lots of science tools. Experiments can be conducted with eggs, chocolate, oil, and basically anything you can think of. That is the fun about science. These experiments are a great way to introduce kids to the world of science. Not only that, but parents can learn a lot, too.diet coke and mentos

Your preschooler will have many questions about how and why these experiments work. Maybe you don’t have the answers now, but once you begin the experiments, you will be able to explain in a way that is easy to understand for your preschooler. In fact, these activities will make any preschooler feel like a scientist.  Who knew science could be so fun? Parents and kids alike can practice these fun science activities for preschoolers.

Sleeping and What’s In Our Favorite Pillow

pillow fillWe spend nearly eight hours every night in bed. That is the recommended amount of hours people should sleep and kids even more.  But sometimes we stay up too late don’t we? You can tell when you think you don’t sleep very well.

Every person has a different way of sleeping. Some of us sleep on our backs. Some on our stomachs. The most popular sleeping position is the side sleep.

Why Does It Matter How I Lay In Bed?

Those who sleep on their side tend not to snore as much. This sleeping style is also recommended for moms who are going to have a baby. Sometimes sleeping on your side you like to curl up into a shape like a ball. This is where a good pillow comes in. You probably have a nightly ritual whether it’s read books or watch TV but it also involves your pillow.  What is the best pillow for side sleepers?

 What is Inside of Pillows

The best pillow for side sleepers should be thick because it needs to support your head and neck. You can squish your  thin pillows and make them be the shape you want under your head but they are not going to help you sleep very well. A good night’s rest is great for getting up for school the next day or parents who need to go to work.

memory foam pillowPillows are often filled with down-feather combinations, latex, foam, polyester fiberfill and memory foam.  Sometimes people can have allergies to down-feather and the latex rubbery stuff so this is a reason you should know what is in your pillow. It might contribute to your sneezing. Maybe you did not realize that. People like the down because it gives the cushy feel they are looking for but still has enough stuff in it for support.

Down and Memory Foam

You might even have a memory foam bed in your house.  When you put your hand or head down on it, it makes a print or impression on where you’ve been. When you leave, you can watch the foam come back to life. Even astronauts and NASA use memory foam for stuff.   Some pillows can be made with feathers but they are also treated so that people are not allergic to them. 

A down pillow is typically filled with feathers from geese and duck. People who are allergic to geese and duck feathers but still want a down pillow squishy feel can try a down alternative pillow. The alternative down pillow is filled with polyester fibers threaded together. A polyester fiber is a fast-drying flexible synthetic meaning man made fiber.

Washing Your Pillow

 

This makes it so you can stick the pillow in the washing machine. Not all pillows can go in the washing machine.  The tags that come on a new pillow may have instructions on them that will tell you if it can go in the washer.

Some pillows can even be filled with water.  Sounds like that might be a problem doesn’t it?  They are made not to spill but you might want to be careful around pets who could poke a hole in it.  People sometimes choose this kind of pillow because it helps keep their head cool when their head hurts or they sleep like they are hot all of time.

kid travel pillow on planePerhaps you’ve even taken a funny pillow on the airplane that is shaped like the letter U.      Some of those pillows have tiny beads in  them to make it more adjustable around your      neck. Just in case you want to take a nap on the airplane best that you can being stuck in the seat.  You can find this kind of pillow in kid and adult sizes.

Non Fiction Books

Parents often encourage their child to read by giving them fiction books to read, but they should consider the benefits of non fiction books for kids. Nonfiction books give kids an opportunity to discover their interests. Children are curious and love learning new things. A parent can help foster this learning by finding out what their child is interested in.

Non Fiction Books

 

big bookAfter a trip the zoo, a kid might think fondly on the tigers they viewed. This is a great chance for the parent to encourage their kid to learn more about one of the many creatures we share the world with. A quick search online brings up an interesting, informative books about Tigers geared toward kids.

This nonfiction book for kids is written by an author who gears his writings towards kids. The book is educational and includes illustrations to help keep the kid engaged in the material.

 Learn New Facts

Nonfiction books for kids can help parents learn some new facts, too. For example, if a kid watches a space movie on TV, they might become interested in learning more about space exploration. A parent who doesn’t know much about space exploration has a great opportunity to enrich their child’s mind as well as their own.

Instead of stammering through questions like ‘What is the sun made of?’ the parent can pull out a kid-friendly nonfiction book and explore the answer with their child. The book is filled with colorful images and easy to understand language. This makes the learning experience fun for kids.

 Success in School and Reading

Reading nonfiction books helps kids with success in school, too. Kids who read more tend to do better in school, have strong vocabularies, and continue to enjoy reading throughout their lives. Reading fiction books is fun and engaging, but nonfiction books for kids help students grasp their school work.

kids on trainsIn school, students have to understand complex text and ideas. Reading nonfiction at home has a much higher chance of helping them academically than reading a fiction book. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a child must never read the Harry Potter books or similar fantasy novels.

But if a child has an interest in a certain topic, such as tigers, space exploration, why not foster that excitement by encouraging a great non fiction book? Non fiction books for kids enable the kid learner to learn about a topic in an enjoyable way.

 Benefits

The benefits of non fiction books for kids are hard to ignore. Many studies have shown that non fiction books help improve literary skills. Non fiction books are also beneficial for those trying to learn English. These books help kids learn English because they present vocabulary and ideas in a real way.

An adult who is trying to learn English would benefit greatly by reading non fiction books with their children. The benefits of non fiction books for kids are hard to ignore. Adults and children both benefit from the reading of non fiction books.

Ebooks and Kindle

Kids living in today’s world live in a mostly paperless world. While many think this is unfortunate, the truth is that kids today have an amazing opportunity that children in the past never experienced.

The world of e books opens their eyes to an electronic library stocked with great books. Parents who want to share their childhood books with their kids don’t have to look far.

Kid Classics

 

Not only are the classic books that parents loved widely available, but many are completely free. Classic stories such as The Ugly Duckling, The Jungle Book and The Wind In The Willows are available as free Kindle books for kids. In fact, many of these classics are still best sellers.

 The Kindle

The Kindle is also a great device for parents who want to teach their children how to read. kindle science bookAmazon.com has many fun, colorful e books for kids. A parent that wants to help their child learn the alphabet doesn’t have to run to the bookstore or library to find the perfect book. Many free kindle books for kids are available.

A quick search will find many e books that don’t cost a penny.

 Once Upon A Time

Years ago, kids had only the library to find information for books reports and school projects. The books in libraries were not always the most updated. Also, the information wasn’t available at any time. A kid who couldn’t make it to the library before closing time missed out on finishing their homework.

Today’s kid doesn’t have that problem. Ebooks have changed education and the way school work is completed. Never before in time has a child had the world at their fingertips. With just a few clicks, a kid can discover endless Kindle e books for their school work.

 Many Are FREE

There are many free kindle books for kids who need help on their homework assignments. Not only are these e books free, they are incredibly interactive and fun. The days of flipping stale, unexciting pages are over. Kindle has recently added a “Text Pop-up” function to certain e books.

kids booksOne of the e books with this new technology is “The Amazing World of Manta-Rays.” Kids who want to learn about Manta-Rays are bound to have a fun experience that children from the library days would envy. The new “Text Pop-up” function makes learning much more interactive and exciting.

The e book includes a zooming gallery of images. This gives kids the chance to get a much better look at Manta-Rays. Also, the e book includes helpful, fun learning tools such as a word search and and list of vocabulary words. Kids get to experience all of this for free on their Kindle.

Interactive 

The Kindle makes learning more interactive and exciting. Kids today have the chance to read the great books of yesterday. Parents get a chance to relive their past with e books. Not only that, but many of these e books are completely free.

E books and Kindle are making the world of learning and reading a more enjoyable experience for kids and their parents.