Our skin is made of three layers; epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis is the thin top layer which is significantly thicker on the soles of our feet and palms of our hands. The subcutaneous tissue is the layer of fat on the bottom that helps keep us warm. The dermis, in the middle is the main part of the skin. It contains nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, and capillaries.
When we made blood and ate it the kids loved it, so I thought we would involve food in our skin project. Since skin is made of three layers, our dish also contained three layers.
- Epidermis - A think layer of chocolate mousse
- Dermis - Corn bread filled with raisins (sweat glands), zucchini (nerve endings) - we left out the capillaries
- Subcutaneous tissue - Banana slices (fat cells) and plain yogurt
- Hair - Pretzel Sticks
Our skin was created in a drinking glass so we could see the different layers.
Links to our other human body science activities are on our Science Page.
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