Today the boys were playing at being doctors (fairly rudimentary and crude ones at that). Equipped with a plastic playdough knife and a water squirter (pichkaari) they were conducting detailed surgical procedures…with big injishuns (injections) and “cut cut operations”. Very successfully too – since both patients kept declaring “feeling better! thanks you doctor! feeling better just now!”
Anyway, at one point, SId asked me why one needed to give an injection when you could take a medicine as a tablet or a syrup!?!
So, we had our first very basic intro to the human body and how it works (well, actually not the first – we have in previous conversations discussed why ice-packs are important when you get hurt and how the body mades pee and potty!). Tried to tell them a little bit about absorption and how the blood circulates, etc. They loved the concept of the heart and how it works like a machine…
…which led to some fun demos. First we placed our hand on the chest and felt the heart beating. Then I got the boys to do jumping jacks and run around the room and then place their hands on their chest. Nish said he could hear his heart without even putting his hand on his chest.
we kinda strayed away from the whole injection and absorption in the process and i think all the boys took away was that the heart pumps blood! So will tackle the concept when the question comes up the next time…if it does…which it probably will at the next vaccination at the pediatrician!