What are nails?

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My 8-year-old bites her fingernails. (She used to bite her toenails too – but we’ve just about trained her out of that yucky habit!) She wants to know what nails are made of and what they are for. So let’s find out more about these parts of the body – and why you probably shouldn’t bite them…!

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Why am I furry?

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My 3-year-old has got a bit of a suntan this Summer. The sunshine has made the hairs on her arms and legs turn white-blonde and they are more noticeable now that her skin has a more golden colour. She wants to know why she is furry and what are body hairs for?

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How does my arm know how hard to throw the ball?

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Throwing and catching are skills that many of us learn when we are children. They are tricky skills to learn and getting them right takes lots of practise but once we’ve got the hang of them, we can use them for playing games and sports and for passing things to people who are not standing near to us.

My friend’s daughter wants to know what happens inside her body when she throws a ball. How does her body know what to do and how hard to throw the ball?

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Where do chicken pox come from?

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Chicken pox has been doing the rounds at my 3-year-old’s kindergarten over the past few weeks. It’s a common illness and many people get it when they are children. My 3-year-old caught it from her best friend and wasn’t very pleased about it.¬†She felt very poorly for a few days and didn’t like her itchy spots. She looked at me with a sad face and asked, where do chicken pox come from?

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Are bogeys good for you?

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Bogeys or boogers are the bits of dried-up snot you find inside your nose. I get them, you get them, everybody gets them. You can get bogeys out by blowing your nose but my kids like to pick them out with their fingers and eat them – yuck!

But have you ever wondered what are bogeys for? Why do our bodies make them? What are they made of? And could eating bogeys actually be good for you?

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What is blood for?

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Blood is a red, oozy fluid that is found inside our bodies. It’s an important part of our bodies and we wouldn’t be able to stay alive without it. Every part of your body needs blood, from your brain all the way to your toes, and your body has to keep it ‘fresh’ so it makes new blood every single day.

My seven-year-old wants to know why blood is so important to our bodies – what is it for? So, let’s find out about what blood is made of and what jobs it does inside us:

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