Last year at this time we felt led to study scabs particularly, and found out some amazing things about them! Yeshua, our covering, can be likened to a scab due to the fact that He protects us from all those pesky villians (sins/harmful germs) trying to get inside us! We actually did a modified version of this really cool science experiment we viewed online. Here are the kids getting in on the action:
Also, there was a second experiment where the children had a cup with a hole in it. (Thankfully these wonderful little cups from the craft store we purchased had holes in the bottom already! Halleluyah!) When they poured water into the cup, it would immediately spill out. This would again represent an open wound without a scab. Then, the child would plug the hole in the cup with silly putty. Next the child would try pouring water into the cup and the water would not seep out. So the child would learn two aspects of scabs: 1) their protective nature of keeping harmful bacteria out and 2) keeping all of the important things in like blood/life!
Scab Science Experiment Materials List:
Bowls or Containers (for the second part of the experiment)
Mini Watering Cans (optional)
Super fun. So now we move onto this year. Still fresh in my children's minds are our last year experiments so how am I going to capture their little hearts once again for our fun Tazria parsha?
Well first, we watched the G-dcast episode:
"What do you get when you combine evil microbes trying to harm the skin and a super detective skilled at Body System Disease Investigations? You get crime-solving super sleuth Annie Biotica! Join Annie's team: Read the case, check out a line-up of the disease suspects, test the body system for infection, and help Annie Biotica and her science team crack the case! These engaging and easy-to-read books use the scientific method to decipher symptoms, review lab results, and diagnose and treat diseases. Some cases must be solved by you!" (http://www.enslow.com/books/the_case_of_the_flesh_eating_bacteria/711#.VTb-QpVFDIU)
Quite similar to our Levitical priests, right?!
And here's one more suggestion for a fun activity...take a child's medical costume and a doctor kit and allow your homeschoolers to make a Biblical medical chart of all the diseases listed! Have different "patients" be seen on a home visit by "Dr. Cohen" (haha) and have them properly diagnose the various conditions based on the criteria listed in this portion. This MAY be your most memorable portion yet for both you and your family! Enjoy and thank Abba for scabs from now on, okay?