Handy Hands Nina and the Neurons: Brilliant Bodies


Handy Hands

Scientist Nina and her young experimenters investigate the human body. Experimenters Esther, Lily and Ruby learn how hands work with the help of touch neuron Felix.


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# If you've got a question And you don't know where to go

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# Ask Nina for some help Cos she's got a science show

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# She makes sense of her senses While helping all her fans

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# By doing her experiments With potions and with bangs

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-# Touch your tongue

-Tongue!

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-# Fingers

-Fingers!

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-# Eyes.

-Eyes!

-Ears.

-Ears!

-Nose.

-Nose!

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# Nina and the Neurons Find out what you need to know

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# Nina and the Neurons find out What you need to know

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# Luke, he helps us with our eyes And Felix with our touch

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# Ollie sniffs out smells And Belle, she hears so much

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# Bud is Ollie's brother He helps us with our taste

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# They're Nina's little Neurons And they're coming to your place!

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-# Touch your tongue

-Tongue!

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-# Fingers

-Fingers!

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-# Eyes.

-Eyes!

-Ears.

-Ears!

-Nose.

-Nose!

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# Nina and the Neurons Find out what you need to know

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# Nina and the Neurons Find out what you need to know

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# Oh yeah! #

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Woof! Woof!

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Oh, hello. Our hands are brilliant, aren't they?

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We can do so many things with them. We can move our fingers and thumbs

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into all kinds of shapes and positions. See?

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Woof! Woof! Hee-hee!

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-ALARM SOUNDS

-I hear a beep, I see a flash,

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I wonder what they're going to ask.

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-ALL: Hi, Nina.

-Hi, guys.

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-We've got a question for you.

-How do our hands work?

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That's a great question. How do our hands work?

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It'll be really HANDY to find out the answer to this one.

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Come to my lab and we'll do experiments to investigate.

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-ALL: See you soon, Nina. Bye!

-Bye.

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I'll need help to answer this and I know just who to ask.

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OK, Neurons, time to get to work.

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ALL: Neurons at the ready, Nina.

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OK. Today's question is, how do our hands work?

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Which Neuron will be most useful to help find the answer?

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ALL: Me! Me! Me! Oh, me!

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Will it be fabulous Felix?

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I can help so very much if you need the sense of touch.

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Will it be beautiful Belle?

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I send messages to brain from ear. If there's a sound, I'll help you hear.

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-Will it be lovely Luke?

-For looking and seeing, day or night,

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I'll help you with your sense of sight.

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Will it be awesome Ollie?

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If it's pongy or whiffy but you can't tell,

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-my messages help your sense of smell.

-Or will it be baby Bud?

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Sour, salty, bitter or sweet, I'm your taste buddy whenever you eat!

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-It's Felix.

-Oh!

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-NEURONS:

-Go, Felix! Go, Felix! Go, Felix! Go, Felix! Go, Felix!

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Marvellous! A little touch can mean so much, Nina.

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Today's question is, how do our hands work?

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Since our touchy, feely fingers are on our hands,

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I think Felix will be a big help.

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But stand by, neurons. I have a feeling I may need your help.

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I better get the lab ready before the experimenters arrive.

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Esther likes dogs, Ruby likes reading and Lily loves dancing

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but they all want to know how our hands work, so, today,

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for one day only, Esther, Ruby and Lily become the experimenters.

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-Hi, guys!

-ALL: Hi, Nina.

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Welcome to my science lab. Come in.

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"How do our hands work?" is a brilliant question.

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Why do you want to know?

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We use our hands for lots of different things.

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But we don't know how our hands work.

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We do use our hands in lots of special ways.

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We need to investigate to find out how they work.

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First, we're going to use our senses.

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ALL: Whoo-whoo! A senses experiment. We're ready, Nina.

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OK, let's all scrunch our hands into a fist

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then stretch your fingers out as wide as you can.

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-I must say, that does feel rather nice.

-Wiggle your fingers.

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See how we can wiggle and move them

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in lots of different directions all at once?

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ALL: Yes, Nina.

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This is useful for many things,

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like pointing and scratching an itch or picking things up.

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We're going to do an experiment to see how many different ways

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to pick up cups using different parts of our hands

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and different fingers.

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Remember, Nina, cups can be hot

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or have liquid inside them that can spill.

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That's right, we should always be careful with cups.

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These ones are empty and so safe. Everybody ready? Then go!

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Hoopla!

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What a lot of different ways to pick up a cup.

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That was brilliant. So, our fingers can bend

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and move in lots of directions all at once.

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But how do our hands move like this? It's time for another experiment.

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This is Mr Skeleton.

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A skeleton is what we call all the bones inside our bodies.

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Let's have look at Mr Skeleton's hand.

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-How many different bones can you see?

-Lots and lots.

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That's right, there are lots of bones in his hand.

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These ones make up the main part of his hand.

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And these ones make up his fingers.

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Most of our fingers have three bones but our thumb is different

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because it only has two.

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We can see how many bones we have in out fingers and thumb

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by bending them. One...two...three.

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One...two.

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We're going to make pretend fingers

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by joining those little sticks with some fasteners.

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Those sticks are our bones. Get joining.

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Look! They're using their fingers to make a finger.

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Let's see you bend those pretend fingers.

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Well done!

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Your pretend fingers are bending at the joins

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between your pretend bones, like Mr Skeleton's.

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Oh! These bendy joins are called joints.

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Sounds like joints are very important, Nina.

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They are, Belle. So, experimenters, you asked how our hands work.

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We've discovered that our joints are an important part

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of how our hands work because they allow us to

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bend and move our fingers in lots of different helpful ways.

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Most of our fingers have three bones in them

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joined together by bendy joints but our thumb only has two.

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Does that mean thumbs aren't as useful as other fingers?

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Actually, Ollie, our thumbs can be the most useful part of our hands

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and to find out more, let's meet a very clever friend of mine.

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-Let's go, experimenters.

-ALL: Yay!

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I wonder where Nina is taking us.

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Nina said we'd be meeting her clever friend.

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Listen up, neurons, we're here and I think I can hear some barking.

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Ruff! Ruff!

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OK, we're here to find out more about our thumbs.

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So, let's see them! Our thumbs are stronger than our other fingers

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and they can move differently too. Try this.

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The thumb can move all the way over to here

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and touch the other fingers easily.

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This makes the thumb really useful for gripping things.

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We're going to find out how

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with the help of that clever friend of mine. Come here, girl!

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It's a dog! I thought I heard some barking.

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This dog is called Meg

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and she's trained by Dan to do lots of clever things.

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-Thanks for inviting us.

-You're welcome.

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What do you notice about Meg's hands?

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She doesn't have any hands, Nina. She has paws.

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Yes. Some animals, like monkeys, have hands a bit like ours

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but lots of animals, like dogs, have paws instead.

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Meg doesn't have fingers like ours and she doesn't have thumbs either.

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Does this makes a difference? First up,

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you and Meg are all going to fetch one of those newspapers.

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One...two...three...go!

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They're using their thumb with their others fingers to grip the paper

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The dog has to use his mouth to pick up the paper.

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Ew! I wouldn't like to taste that!

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Great fetching, everyone! You too, Meg.

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Now it's time for lunch. Everybody, get munching!

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Can you see how you're all using your thumbs to grip

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-your knives and forks?

-Yes, Nina.

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-Meg isn't using her knife and fork, Nina.

-She's not, is she?

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Meg doesn't have a thumb and fingers to grip

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so she can't use a knife and fork.

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She's still enjoying her food though.

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For our final experiment, we're going to be opening a door.

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Why don't you try, Lily.

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Well done. You used your thumb again, didn't you?

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Just like this. Now, let's see how Meg gets on.

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The dog can't do it, Nina.

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That's right, Luke. Paws aren't enough to open this door.

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Meg needs someone to open it for her.

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-Bye, Meg, bye, Dan. Thanks for helping.

-Bye, Nina.

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So, from picking things up to using a knife and fork

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and opening a door, we use our fingers

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and thumbs in clever ways to do lots of things.

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Most animals, like dogs, don't have fingers.

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No animals have thumbs

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that are as special and move like ours.

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So, we can do lots of things that animals can't.

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-What a brilliant final experiment. Let's go back to the lab.

-ALL: Yeah!

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Your question was, how do our hands work?

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We've answered it.

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Our hands help us do lots of different things every day

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because we can move our fingers lots of ways.

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We can do this because our fingers are made of little hard bones

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that are joined together by bendy joints.

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Our thumbs are a really special finger.

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They move most of all and are really useful for things like gripping.

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So, we can use our hands to do tricky things that animals can't do

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like eating with a knife and fork.

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Most people have two hands with five fingers

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but humans are really clever so people who are different

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find brilliant ways to use their hands or bodies

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to do everything they want to do.

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I hope that's answered your question.

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-ALL: Thanks, Nina. Bye.

-Bye.

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Want to find out more about the science all around us?

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Go to the Nina section on the CBeebies website. Have fun!

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-Hearts beating.

-Lungs breathing.

-Fingers feeling.

-Mouths eating.

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And don't forget your brain.

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# Brilliant bodies, brilliant bodies Inside and ou-ou-out

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# Brilliant bodies, brilliant bodies Come on, let's find out about

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# Our happy hands and bendy knees Stretchy backs and noses that sneeze

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-# We all have brilliant bodies

-ALL: Brilliant bodies

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# Every part has a job to do Even scabs and ear wax too

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-# We all have brilliant bodies

-ALL: Brilliant bodies

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# Brilliant bodies, brilliant bodies Lashes to protect our eyes

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# Brilliant bodies, brilliant bodies And don't forget to exercise. #

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Ah. It's been such a great day, man.

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Seeing how the joints let the fingers bend.

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I really enjoyed myself today.

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They did a great job gripping their knives and forks.

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Oh, I've had a brilliant day. The dog was so clever using it's paws. Ruff!

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Remember, everyone's body is different but they're all brilliant.

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See you soon. Bye!

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ALL: Bye!

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Nina investigates how hands work, with the help of Felix, her touch neuron. Experimenters Esther, Lily and Ruby visit Nina in her lab and discover that people can move and bend their hands in lots of different and useful ways. They learn how people can do lots of things that animals can't, like eating with a knife and fork, because they have really special thumbs. Thumbs move in lots of special ways and this makes them brilliant for things like gripping.


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