Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Learn about the Body with Science Games for Kids

Catherine Ross is back to guest blog for me today with another blog post on making learning fun!

Learn about the Body with Science Games for Kids
The human body is an incredible thing, and to this day scientists do not fully understand the minute details of its functioning. You know what they say about the brain – if it was simple enough to be fully understood, we wouldn’t be able to! Children who encounter the human body’s incredibly complex systems in their textbooks may understandably feel overwhelmed by it all. You can help your kids develop a healthy appreciation and fascination for the human body and its functioning by letting them play cool science games for kids - whether online or offline.

Here are a few great science games that teach kids of various ages about the human body and its care.
Science Games for Young Kids
Disney Doc McStuffins  - Doc McStuffins is a toy doctor with her own TV show. Kids bring their toys to her when they fall sick, and she uses various doctor tools to arrive at a diagnosis. Then she treats them and sometimes gives advice on how to stay healthy. Whether or not your child watches the show, the game is great fun for kids. Players assist the doctor in her work, learning the names and uses of the different tools. They also learn how to stay healthy and play various mini-games with the doctor’s assistants. This science game can be played at no cost online.
Science Games for Older Kids
Re-Mission 2 – In this fun science game, kids learn about cancer and how the body’s defense mechanisms and the various treatments work against the growth of cancerous cells. The names and functions of the weapons and the enemies in the game are such that the player understands how the various medications work in real life. The six mini games are incredibly fun for everyone, and especially beneficial for cancer patients, helping them understand what is going on inside their bodies and motivating them to stick with their treatment. The game is free to play online.
Solve the Outbreak – What happens when a new illness suddenly strikes the population, and a large number of people start falling prey to it? The epidemiologists swing into action, trying to find out how the disease began, how to treat it and how to keep it from spreading further. In this cool science game, players get to take on the role of an epidemiologist, earning points and getting promotions based on how well each outbreak was handled. The game was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and helps educate the public about how they deal with the diseases affecting the nation. The game is available as a free app for the iPad.
BioDigital Human – BioDigital Human provides an incredible way to explore human anatomy in 3D. With stunning, life-like visuals and a set of controls that allow users to add or remove organs and body systems and turn the models any which way, this website is considered a wonderful learning tool for aspiring doctors! While not actually a science game, this website is so much fun to explore that it barely makes a difference. The basic features on this website are free to use, while additional features and services are available for a fee.

Author Bio:
Catherine Ross is a full-time stay-at-home-mum who believes learning should be enjoyable for young minds. An erstwhile elementary school teacher, Catherine loves coming up with creative ways through which kids can grasp the seemingly difficult concepts of learning easily. She believes that a ‘fun factor’ can go a long way in enhancing kids’ understanding and blogs at http://kidslearninggames.weebly.com/

How do you make learning about the body fun for your students?  
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