A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about the circulatory, digestive, immune, skeletal, and respiratory systems. The activities provide kids with a fun, hands-on learning experience, and the follow-up explains the science behind the activities. By reading the brief summaries, completing the activities, and watching the videos, kids can learn about the basic structure and function of important body systems as well as related topics such as bone fractures and reducing the spread of germs. Formal assessments are not included, so kids will need some sort of outside assessment if desired. DIY Human Body provides instruction and offscreen, real-world activities, which will either entice kids or turn them off.
Ease of Play
The app is very well organized, and it's easy to make your way through all it has to offer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DIY Human Body is a free science resource that teaches kids about human body systems and is focused on extension activities. Each of the five systems includes a brief summary and labeled diagram, a set of hands-on activities, and video lessons. It would be great if the diagrams were interactive, but the activities and videos inspire kids' curiosity and give kids a chance to learn the basics of the human body in an age-appropriate setting. Because of the multiple steps and gathering of materials, most of the activities require adult help and supervision.
Is It Any Good?
DIY Human Body is a well-organized tool that gets kids engaged through hands-on learning. Kids (and parents) will have to do a lot of their own work to collect the materials and complete the activities, but most of the materials are easy to find, and the instructions aren't overly complicated. The body-system summaries provide a brief introduction to five main systems, and the videos take things a step further by discussing topics kids may encounter in the real world. If you're looking for a resource that dives deep into interactive content, you may be disappointed. However, if you're looking for a way to inspire curiosity or to extend learning, then DIY Human Body is an excellent choice.
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