When you do a simple thing like flicking a light switch, your brain is moving a LOT of different parts. Your hand is a crazy collection of bones, which are hard like sticks, and muscles, which are long strings that push and pull the bones. Turns out there are 17 little muscles in the palm of your hand, and 18 more muscles in your forearm that move your fingers. Try to get a grip on that!
Wee ones: Can you find 3 things smaller than your hand?
Little kids: There are 18 muscles in your forearm and 17 in your hand. How many more muscles are in your forearm? Bonus: How many more muscles are in both your forearms than in 1 of your hands?
Big kids: If you add up the muscles in both hands and both forearms, how many muscles is that? Bonus: Not everyone agrees on what counts as a muscle: some people say there are 650 muscles, while others say it’s 840. What’s the difference between those two numbers?
Wee ones: We bet you can! Items could include small toys, berries or other foods, paperclips, seashells or leaves of a houseplant…
Little kids: 1 more muscle in your forearm. Bonus: 19 more muscles.
Big kids: 70 muscles, because there are 17 + 18 = 35 muscles on each side, and 35 + 35 = 70. Bonus: 190 muscles. You can either subtract by regrouping (840 – 650 = 700 – 600 + 140 – 50 = 100 + 90 = 190) or you can add up from 650 (50 brings you to 700, 100 brings you to 800, 40 brings you to 840; 50 + 100 + 40 = 190).