Anatomy Ins and Outlines


Project #1: My Own Anatomy

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Use body outlines to learn about what’s inside of you.

There are three versions of this project:

Project #1: My Own Anatomy

Version 1 – Body Cut-out

1. Take a photo of your child, and make sure her body fills the entire frame.

2. Print the photo, cut out your child’s body, and trace around it onto a piece of card stock. We cut out three outlines for muscles, organs, and skeleton.
Have your child draw a body system on each cut-out.


You might want to have a body systems diagram handy for her to look at:

3. Align the photo and body system cut-outs.

4. Staple at the top.


Version 2 – Body Booklet

This version is less time-intensive. Cut some rectangular pages out of card stock and trace the photo cut-out onto each page. Have your child draw and color a body system in each outline. Glue the photo onto the first page and staple together:

Version 3 – What’s Under?

This version may be more suitable for younger children. Trace outlines of the photo cut-out onto one piece of card stock. Help your child draw and color body systems in each. He can then take his photo and try to fit it on top of each system:

Why We Like Them: These anatomy projects hit close to home – your child’s own body acts as the top layer! You can teach him about various body systems as he draws and colors them.




Project #2: Circulation Outline

Use this project to teach how and why the circulatory and respiratory systems are connected.

You will need:

  1. Clear flexible straws (
  2. Bright red pipe cleaners
  3. Body outline print-out
  4. Clear tape
  5. Two-sided tape
  6. Dark marker (purple, blue, or brown)
Before starting the activity, cut four clear flexible straws so that they are equally long on either side of the bend. Cut four identical lengths from red pipe cleaners.

Present your child with a body outline (it shouldn’t be too big). Have him draw a heart and lungs in the correct positions. You might want to display a diagram, like the following:


While he is drawing, show him a red pipe cleaner and explain how it is the color of blood with plenty of oxygen. As blood travels further and further from the heart, it turns darker because it loses oxygen. The blood returns to the heart and lungs to pick up more oxygen.

Give your child the straw and pipe cleaner segments. Instruct him to color half of each pipe cleaner with a dark marker.

He can then push the pipe cleaner through the straw and bend it. Help him tape the straw into this position. Repeat with the remaining straws and pipe cleaners.

Now you can help your child place strips of two-sided tape onto the limbs of the body outline.

Stick the vessel straws onto the tape strips, with open ends pointing toward the heart and lungs.

Why We Like It: 

  1. This craft is an excellent representation of blood and blood vessels.
  2. The clear straws are a lot like actual blood vessels, which are translucent and tubular.
  3. It helps your child see and understand why blood circulates back to the heart and lungs. 
  4. Younger children really enjoy pushing the pipe cleaners through the straws – a great fine motor activity!

Lesson 9, Heart & Vessels, from About Me.



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