31 May ’13
I put my hand up to help out with transport for Billy’s class to go to an exhibition at Te Manawa. Body in Action is a fabulous, educational exhibit that teaches kids how our amazing bodies work.
First stop, after the obligatory photo on the museum sign, was the classroom. Here Barbara, with the help of Vanessa, demonstrated how food is processed through our digestive system. I have to say that bread and tinned spaghetti looks pretty gross once it’s been mashed with “saliva”, whizzed with “stomach acid” and “bile” then squeezed out through a stocking “large intestine”.
It was all too much for poor Gabby, who had to leave the room.
Next we all trouped up stairs to the “Body in Action” exhibit. The kids had fun testing their sprinting skills, playing ‘guess that smell!’, working out puzzles and trying to ring the bell on the hammer game.
My group of boys had a game of Gut Run. Doesn’t that sound delightful!? It’s a dice game through the digestive system, complete with gurgling and farting sounds. Just perfect for boys.
To win, one must pass out through The End. Of Course.
It’s a fun, interactive and educational exhibit, thanks Te Manawa for bringing it back to Palmy. Spending a morning with Ashhurst School’s Room 1 was a pleasure, and it beats working.