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Ms. Frizzle's Bus Stops at Your House: Magic School Bus Science Kit -Human Body

Updated on November 9, 2013

Wait! Wait! I need to go get my book!

My daughter peels out of the room. Crash! A whole pile of Magic School Bus books fall from the case. She spreads them out on the floor, searching frantically until she finds the one about the human body . After running back and sitting in her favorite spot, she cradles the book in her lap as the theme to the Magic School Bus show starts. Her eyes shoot back and forth from the screen to the book, carefully turning pages trying to match book pictures to the TV show.

When my son was young, we had to watch Magic School Bus episodes on PBS. Then we finally got the VHS videos so we could watch at our leisure. Eventually, we had to exchange for DVDs, but we never bought them all because there were so many. (They started writing more TV shows than books.) Along came TiVo, and now my girls choose from any episode, any time.

One of our all-time favorites is about the human body. Sure, there are other kids books and movies about the human body, but they don't grab kids' attention nearly as well as MSB and Ms. Frizzle, aka- "The Friz". This animated series manages to educate and entertain better than any other kids' show I have ever seen.

Ask Questions! Get Messy! Make Mistakes!

The science kits are a recent addition to the Magic School Bus collection and a brilliant idea. Fits so well with the Frizz's philosophy of "learning by doing". This MSB Human Body Kit lets kids check their heart rate, make a stethoscope, measure lung capacity, explore taste buds, and make body maps and posters using tons of cool stickers. The MSB science kits won 40 of the best parenting awards- every gold star you can imagine. They were designed by Harvard scientists and educators- so the experiments work and have kid friendly explanations included. (The explanations are parent friendly too... for those of us who are not Harvard scientists.) I'm thinking these kits would make great gifts for all kids with Frizzle envy.

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The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body

It is always more fun to read the book first.

The Magic School Bus: Human Body
The Magic School Bus: Human Body

The DVD, so you can play it again and again.


The MSB Lyrics, so you can sing along. - -

What is your Favorite Magic School Bus episode or book?

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Do you like doing science experiments at home with your kids?

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      Great lens. I'd love to have ago at all of these science games myself! Congratulations on LOTD

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      PriyabrataSingh 4 years ago

      Great Lens. It is really classical when you learn and play at the same time.Thanks for posting.

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      dawnmichel 4 years ago

      Science experiments are the most fun when you are a kid: what a great

      lens. I like all of your suggestions--there is so much enthusiasm behind

      what you say. Thanks for posting! Please share more in the future!


      Dawn Michel

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Haven't done many science experiments recently but it's never a bad idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Magic school bus books and videos have been so much fun for the kids. I enjoyed watching them as well and it gave me ideas for my own classrooms. Couldn't answer the poll ... they're all good.

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      Kimberly Milani 4 years ago

      WE love this show! When my teenager was little it was still on PBS. 10 Years later when we had little guy, the only way to watch was to rent through the its on Netflix and its little guys favorite. The books are awesome too (we read every night. I never knew there was an experiment kit! Thank you so much for posting this- its deff something i'll need to look into soon-ish as little guy gets bigger

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      I love doing science experiments with my grandkids! Thanks for the great idea. Congratulations on the LotD!

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      pitlock 4 years ago

      oh yes, its so fun and my grandson loves it.

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      @mojoCNYartist: Oh we LOVE "Inside Ralphie" too- I almost focused on that show because it is about the human body too. Love the emphasis on white blood cells and fighting infection. Hey thanks so much for reading.

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      Dan 4 years ago from CNY

      My youngest son loves this show, and he has watched "Inside Ralphie" at least 20x. Nice lens.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens! Looks like a great series too. I remember doing science experiments. MOST were fun!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I do not know of this program, so I cannot pick which one I like the best.

      It looks like a interesting learning project for children, thanks for sharing with us, you did a great job on the review.

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      Haha, this brings back some memories, what a fantastic show.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LOTD! This series sounds great. I love doing science experiments with kids.

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      You bet, now I get to do them with the grandkids.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Sounds like an interesting and educational series...

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I'll have to come back and vote when I've explored this exciting series more. How is it possible, with all the books and educational toys I've purchased over the years, I never heard of this? Thank you for the introduction.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I unfortunately never had kids biology was working against us, but I loved this series and very well done on the LOTD!

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: I think Ms. Frizzles class is supposed to be third graders. Hmmm, funny how they never really say. Kids in her class are doing "research" for their homework and writing short paragraphs about scientific facts. In the books, the kids' notes are included in the margins. Some would argue that the vocabulary is for fifth or sixth graders. The beauty of the show is how the information is presented. Real vocabulary is integrated in a story that is funny and engaging. Kids as young as 5 enjoy watching, even though they may be comprehending on a lower level-or not.

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      @DebW07: Thanks so much for reading!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I haven't seen or watched Magic Schoolbus in years... but at the time my kids were about 8 and 9, I bought every book in the series. This was back in about 1997 so I'm sure there are more now. I remember many cozy nights lying on the bed reading these fun books together, one child on each side of me.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      What ages is this series aimed at? I have a 9 year old who has shown some interest in science.

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      Tarra99 4 years ago

      I miss watching Ms Frizzle from when the kids were hard to pick just 1 favorite episode.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      I did when they were younger, but it was always a messy business!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      I watched this show when my kids were young. Nice lens, congrats on LotD!