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DIY Human Body app review: a multi-sensory learning experince

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Introduction

DIY Human Body is an iPhone and iPad game that allows you to explore and learn the parts of the human body. The activities include hands-on-activities to learn about the body and health, as well as videos to help you learn about the systems that help keep your body going.

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DIY Human Body

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Explore and Learn

DIY Human Body is a great app to learn about the human body. There are four menu options of DIY, body systems, activities, and videos. From there you can navigate the top of the screen including circulatory, digestive, skeletal, immune, and respiratory. There are summaries of each, and then activities and videos. In respiratory there are two activities or Build a Lung and What’s in Your Breath. There are also six videos to help kids learn. The videos start with breathing then there’s three asthma stories, how your nose works, and a TED Ed talk. They do a great job of explaining while keeping it interesting to children and also providing enough information to make it educational.

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There are many great activities to go through while practicing and learning in this app. In circulatory there is a Make a Heart Valve and Clogged Arteries Activities. I clicked on Make a Heart Valve activity. It lists materials to collect such as balloons, gloves, and straws, and then you move on to instructions. There is a menu at the top of the screen to help you navigate rather than a long list on one screen. The menu has summary, instructions, and explanation. This is helpful so that you know why the heart works the way it does, and also expands into heart murmurs.

Introduction
Introduction

Experiment

The activities in DIY Human Body are not just virtual. As described above, the activities give your child a list of materials that you can gather to create body parts. They obviously don’t exactly mimic the human body, but it is amazing how many things you can create with simple household items. Items such as paper clips, balloons, straws, and so on create great tools for experimentation. I really like this app, and will be recommending it to my teacher friends because not only does it include great tutorials, descriptions, and information, it also has hands-on experimentation to help students understand the way the body works.

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Body systems
Body systems

DIY Human Body

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free
  • Circulatory, digestive, skeletal, immune, and respiratory systems are included
  • Activities with household items provided to expand learning
  • Videos from other children to help reinforce learning

Cons

  • None found

Materials list to make a heart valve
Materials list to make a heart valve

Final Thoughts

DIY Human Body is an iPhone and iPad app that allows your child to learn about five of the body systems. There are hands-on activities to further expand learning from reading to kinesthetic learning. I love that they expanded this so that kids can learn in more than one way, so that they can internalize the knowledge that they have gained. There is a lot of information, and they did a great job of organizing and presenting it. Kids can really learn a lot from this fantastic app.

 

DIY Human Body

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