We already have the book Hear Your Heart (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Paul Showers, so we started by reading it.
It's a basic introduction to the heart and how it helps pump blood through the body. There's not really a story line, but it's not just chunks of scientific information either. It held Elliott's attention and he was interested in the part about how the heart contracts and is comparable in size to his fist.
It also includes some ideas throughout the book to explore, such as using a paper towel roll as a stethoscope,and listening to the heart before and after exercising.
I decided a real stethoscope would be more fun than a pretend one...and I was right! It was a BIG HIT!
Elliott was up sick all night, so I was going to put off Hear Your Heart for a few days, but he insisted on doing the "doctor lesson" for school. I decided we could still do some of it, and talk about ways to keep our hearts healthy, but I would just eliminate the physical exercise, since he was still weak.
We just used a stethoscope to listen to each other's hearts.
He listened to his own heart...
He tried to listen to Emory's heart....but Emory declined!
Then Elliott asked if they could get out their doctor kit...they set up a vet clinic!
Elliott had a lot of fun learning about the heart and expanding it into pretend play. It ended up being a great "quiet" activity to keep my sick kid entertained, without being too active.
This book was listed in my February Book Basket.