We’re heading off on vacation soon- to Maine, a 6+ hour drive from home. Being trapped in the car with two kids for that long can be misery.
Thus, for weeks I have been stockpiling stuff to keep my two kids entertained on the trip.
A couple of days ago I picked up “Little Cells” by Katie McKissick.
I read it to Mabel the moment I opened the Amazon box. It’s a quick and easy read, you can see some of the images and text from the book here.
As soon as I finished, she asked me to read it again. Then at bedtime, she chose it again. So, it’s a hit. It’s also a really nice introduction to what cells are, that they make up your body, that you have all kinds, they all do different stuff, etc.
Plus, as a person who does her fair share of anthropomorphizing cells (“I treated the cells with 5-FU and they were really unhappy” “I added the growth factor and boy were those cells happy.” “Contamination- cells hate that.” “My cells like it when I trysinize them at 37 for 10 minutes.” “Cancer cells love to metastasize to bone.” “These cells are pissing me off.”– You get the idea) I rather enjoyed seeing happy and unhappy cells doing stuff in a book.
I spoke with Mabel’s preschool teacher about coming in to the classroom this year and doing some science stuff with the kids. I was thinking of bringing in a microscope and letting the kids look at some of their cells (cheek swab, ear wax, dandruff, etc) and some plant cells. I think I’m going to bring this book- it’s engaging and will be a good ice-breaker to the activity.
Mostly, though, I’m hoping it helps keep Mabel occupied in the car.