10 – 12

The digestive system


The digestive system

What to do with this activity?

Our bodies are amazing, and we are lucky if they function as they should. We can affect our body by treating it well - by eating healthy food, exercising and sleeping enough. 

Encourage your child to get to know their own body and how it works. Start with getting to know how the digestive system works. What happens when we eat food and drink liquid? How is food turned into energy and nutrients to keep us alive? Have a look at this link from National Geographic kids that describes the journey our food makes through our body. To find out more check out the Ducksters description of the main stages of human digestion.  

  • Why am I doing this?

    It’s important to encourage whatever reading your child is doing at this age. Children have their own interests and hobbies so they will be more inclined to read information about these subjects. Having comics, papers or magazines around the house will make it easier for your child to get into reading. Your child might find it appealing to read online and you might like that the book can be read by an automated voice. E books can be looked at when you are on the move, making sure that your child is careful with your computer or phone.

  • How can I do more?

    Your child might like to read a section of the newspaper or a magazine – the sports, fashion or cooking sections - depending on their interests. They might like to read a short piece from a newspaper and underline facts with a pen and opinion with a pencil. You can then talk about the difference between fact and opinion (there are good examples in sports writing). Encourage your child to read instructions for mending bikes, building models and playing new games.

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