Monday, September 23, 2013


No, this is not a post about the baby's poop. It IS a post about poop though. Or, rather, how interesting it is that the body processes food to make poop. At least to a 3-year old.

You have been warned.

Back when we visited Portland in May, emagene and I stopped in at our favorite toy store. I don't even know the name of it. It's just that awesome toy store on Hawthorne to us. Anyways- while there we spent some time sitting on the floor and leafing through their books. When we stumbled upon the Usborne See Inside Your Body lift the flap book, she made me read through the page on digestion at least 3 times. This convinced me it would be a great investment, even if it only survived the plane ride home. (I don't think we even read it on the plane home. She was too busy playing three musketeers with Mickey Mouse action figures.) It has proven a favorite. Not the entire book, just the page on making poop. 

She's 3. This is a totally normal age for poop fixation.

Anyway- with a new baby in the house, digestion is a big focus. Does Aoife need a new diaper? does she have burps? Is she hungry? Real life problems addressed by this one page in a really cool book. 

And then something awesome happens: daddy stumbles upon the Magic School Bus on Netflix. Guess what the third episode is about: digestion! I don't even know how many times we've watched them drive around inside Arnold (or Ralphie as the next episode is in the blood stream). But she now constantly points out when Aoife burps its because air went down her food pipe, which is called the esophagus.

So imagine her joy, if you can, when Pete downloaded the app of the week and its all about the systems of the body! She spent a huge amount of this morning feeding a CG character and watching the food be turned into poop. (You can also see inside the ear canals, sinuses, blood stream, nervous system, etc. with labels. it's pretty cool.) Of of course her favorite is helping the air bubbles out and giggling at the fart and burb noises coming from the iPad. It's only naturally and fitting.

I really think my 3 year old could pass a middle school A and P class. I so don't care that she doesn't know her alphabet yet when she can point out that the small intestine is full of sponge-like vili that absorb food.

This post is in no way sponsored by the toy store, Magic School Bus, App of the Week, or any of their affiliates. 

Learning happens when and where you least expect it.

Update: Some of you have been asking me, so I did some research and figured out what exactly I was talking about: The App is called The Human Body by Tinybop. I do believe it is free to download this week only. 

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