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It’s mid-October and it has been wet and rainy in typical Pacific Northwest fashion. It was so windy, in fact, that our electricity was out due to a downed tree on our homeschool science day. Thankfully, the project was not at our house but over at Indiana’s house. Her mom thought it would be fun to have a Science/Halloween party which included dissecting lamb’s heart. Apollo has been asking to dissect animals and it isn’t exactly my area of expertise so I was thrilled when Kym suggested this project.
Kym picked up a couple of lamb’s hearts at our local Food Co-op for less than $5 each!
We started by having the kids watch a short video discussing how the heart and circulatory system works and then Kym cut the hearts in half so we could identify the four chambers.
After that we let the kids explore the hearts on their own.
We used color-coded straws to represent oxygenated blood and blood that needed to pick up more oxygen. The kids were really into this and I loved watching them explore, talk about the veins and arteries they found…
I brought along our microscope so the kids could look at blood (I had prepared slides) and slices of lamb heart up close. If you are going to buy a microscope I highly suggest you invest in a quality student model such as this one and not a cheap, toy microscope. That will just lead to frustration for everyone.
Once we were done dissecting lamb hearts it was time to head out to the garage for more science activities and lunch.
Nope, no one lost their appetite or hesitated to eat lunch right after the dissection.
Creepy crawlies in gelatin. Kym dumped this out and Apollo broke Rule Number One of Science…he tasted the experiment. He was disappointed, let me tell you since this was straight gelatin not Jello.
Kym had all the supplies set up for the kids to make slime. We used the recipe from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Kym also provided ping pong ball eyeballs which the kids loved!
This science day/Halloween party, rainy day get-together was a huge hit for all of the kids. I’m not sure who’s having more fun sometimes…us moms or the kids…
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