After studying the structure of skin and hair in our text, we looked at hair under the microscope. We could actually see the cuticle of the hair where it wasn’t lying flush with the rest of the cuticle layer. It was, also, interesting looking at the difference in colors of hair in our family. If you do this project, try and examine different colors of hair – natural and dyed. Very interesting.
The kids found another great use for the Discovery Scope. We looked at hair and skin. Through the scope, we could see a close-up view of our fingerprints, pores and hair.
For a clearer view of the pattern of our fingerprints, we used stamp ink and paper. We compared each other’s prints. My son had a loop. My daughter had an arch. I had a swirl. It was so interesting to see how different our finger prints are. We hear all the time how no two prints are alike. The kids were wondering how different prints could be. I see a large fingerprinting project coming. If you see us with an ink pad and paper, you know what we are doing. Just let us use your fingers please.
Do you have any cool skin and hair science activities to share? Have you read the rest of the Science Saturday series?
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