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Bones of the Hand Puzzle

For the initial introduction:
Bring the unlabeled control sheet (this sheet will show the pieces of the puzzle in correct formation) and the bag of puzzle pieces to the table. Show the control sheet. "These are the bones of the human hand". Place your hand over the outline - it will be approximately the same size as it is scaled to be the size of a large man's hand. Empty the puzzle pieces from its bag. Sort the pieces by fingers/thumb, wrist, and arm. Select an arm bone and place it on top of its outline. Repeat with the other arm bone, then the wrist bones, then the finger bones.

Additional Activities:
Note: Some of the following activities require the labeled control sheet and individual labels which are part of the Bones of the Hand Control Sheet Kit, which is sold separately.

1. Put the puzzle together without using the control sheet. When it's completed, check yourself against the control sheet by moving each piece over in an orderly fashion.

2. On paper, trace each piece of the puzzle in correct formation to create a diagram of the bones of the hand.

2. After sorting the puzzle pieces, touch the hand bones: "Bones of the hand." Touch the wrist bones: "Bones of the wrist". Touch the arm bones: "Bones of the lower arm". Introduce the labeled control sheet (this sheet will show the pieces in correct formation AND they are labeled with each bone's name). "Each bone has a specific name." Introduce the individual labels. Place each label over its counterpart on the control sheet.

3. Using the labeled control sheet as a guide, place the individual labels on the unlabeled control sheet.

4. Without using the labeled control sheet, place the individual labels on the unlabeled control sheet. Check yourself with the labeled control sheet.

5. Construct the puzzle. Place the individual labels by the correct puzzle piece. Check yourself with the labeled control sheet.

6. Place the individual labels in random order. Place the appropriate puzzle piece beside each label. Construct the puzzle on the labeled control sheet to check yourself.

7. On paper, trace the puzzle pieces in correct formation and then label each bone.

8. On paper, trace each piece and label. Combine the pages to make a booklet.

9. With your eyes closed, sort the pieces into hand bones, wrist bones, and arm bones.

10. With your eyes closed, select a random puzzle piece and identify it by touch.

11. Construct the puzzle with your eyes closed!

(Note: In a Montessori environment, this material supports the Third Great Lesson: The Coming of Human Beings.)