Category Archives: Basic Anatomy

Body System Activity Ideas

Free Anatomy Printables

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Use the following printables to accompany the body lessons found in About Me, a science workbook designed for small children.

 

Play Dough Anatomy Mat

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Use our free Anatomy Mat to make and position play dough organs! (comes in color and b&w)

  1. Print out the mat.
  2. If you want to re-use the mat, place it in a page protector or laminate it. Otherwise, tape it to a table.
  3. Break out the play dough and let your child have at it. You may want to provide an anatomy diagram (like the one below) for her to look at.
  4. Discuss the functions of the organs as your child creates them.

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Free Anatomy Poster Diagram

Our free Anatomy Poster comes in 2 sizes: 8.5×11″ and 17×22″. Hang it on the wall during your human body unit!

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About Me Is the perfect workbook to introduce your young child to human anatomy. Filled with fun crafts, activity ideas, stickers, and worksheets, your child will be excited to learn about her body and how it works!

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Weird Body Parts

More fun activities, stickers, and worksheets about the human body can be found in our first workbook, About Me!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

Has your child ever asked about seemingly inconsequential body parts, like what they do or why they look weird? Today’s post will answer some of her questions!

Question #1 – Why are ears shaped so funny?

According to Live Science, our outer ears “modify high-frequency sound waves entering the ear before funneling them to the middle ear. The changes in resonance enable us to locate the source of a sound.” Have your child cup her ear with her hand and notice how sounds are louder.

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The bigger and more protruding your ears, the better you hear!

Question #2 – Why do we have toes?

Though they’re usually hidden away, toes are very useful body parts. Have your child lift her toes on one foot, then raise the other leg and try to balance. It’s not easy!

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Now have her lift her toes on both feet and try to walk, run, and jump.

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It takes a lot of effort and she definitely won’t be able to run very fast! We use our toes for balance (especially the big toe), and they work as springboards that help us glide along quickly.

Question #3 – What are eyebrows for?

Eyebrows don’t seem to be useful at all, but they come in handy if your stuck in the rain and running for cover! If you had no eyebrows, sweat and water would drip into your eyes and impair your vision. Have your child sit in front of a mirror. Dip your finger into a cup of water and place a drop on your child’s forehead above her eye. If necessary, add drops until the water gets heavy enough to run down. Observe how the eyebrow stops the drip in it’s tracks!

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Question #4 – Why do we have fingernails?

If you’ve ever tried to scratch an itch with gloves on, you know one good reason why we have fingernails. But these handy tools are also very useful in opening and picking up difficult objects. Ask your child to open a package and pick up a dime using only the pads of her fingers. She’ll find that it’s pretty awkward.

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It is also thought that fingernails provide protection for those sensitive and essential fingertips.

So, it turns out these strange body parts aren’t so strange after all!

 

A Window into the Body

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

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This is an easy activity to assemble. Download our body systems coloring sheets, print onto thin paper, and color.

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Then stack and align the pages (in the this order: organs, skeleton, muscles, skin) and tape onto a sunny window. Make sure you just tape the top so that your child can flip up the pages.

Talk about how muscles lie beneath the skin,

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muscles cover the skeleton and organs,

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and bones protect organs.

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Why We Like It: Kids like using “x-ray vision” to see through layers of the body. This is also a good teaching aid for a lesson on how, where, and why body systems are connected.

More fun activities and worksheets in our first workbook, About Me!

Anatomy Ins & Outlines

Filled with activities and worksheets, About Me is a science workbook your child will want for her very own!

Use body outlines to learn about what’s inside!

Project #1: My Own Anatomy

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There are three versions of this creative and personalized project:

 

Version 1 – Body Cut-out

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

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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:

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

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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:

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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:

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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

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

You will need:

  1. Clear flexible straws (we found ours at amazon.com)
  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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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With all the talk about blood, Erik got into a gruesome mood.

With all the talk about blood, Erik got into a gruesome mood.

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About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Anatomical Ingredients

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me(our first workbook) includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Create some edible models of human anatomy!

Recipe #1 – Human Filling

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Present your child with a human body outline and a bowl of small objects. She must decide which objects represent which organs (or bones) and place them in the correct positions.

Ingredients:

  1. Brain – dried apricot 
  2. Heart – dried cranberry
  3. Lungs – dry lima beans or jelly beans
  4. Stomach – dry lima bean (we colored ours with a magic marker), dry kidney bean, or jelly bean
  5. Bones – dry spaghetti or other straight pasta, q-tips, or toothpicks
  6. Esophagus – cooked spaghetti
  7. Intestines – cooked spaghetti

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Place your ingredients in a small bowl. Place it in front of your child with an outline of a human body. To help get her started, ask questions like, “Which of these objects could be the bones? Why?” or “Which object looks most like a stomach?” She will have fun trying to figure it out!

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Why we like it: This is a great activity for reviewing what your child has learned in our first workbook, About Me. It is simple enough for a preschooler and interesting for older children. Also, this puzzle encourages children to think about and identify the qualities of each organ compared to the objects in the bowl. You can expand the activity to include more organs and bones, and there are many options for objects that you can use.

 

Recipe #2 – Celery Stick Figure

Our take on this popular food craft is a simple way to teach about the layers of the human body:

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Ingredients:

  1. 5-6 celery stalks (limbs and torso)
  2. Cream Cheese
  3. Cucumber (head)
  4. Raisins (eyes)
  5. Carrot (one circle slice cut into a semicircle, for the mouth)
  6. Fruit Rope (optional hair)

Trim off the ends of each celery stalk. Line four of them up and cut them in two, one half being slightly longer than the other (arms and legs). Cut one other stalk exactly in half (torso). The curve of each stick needs to be a perfect semicircle, so trim accordingly. Fill each stalk brimming with cream cheese.

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Now, with your child, take a close look at the insides of a celery stick. Explain how it is a lot like our bodies, with veins, meat (muscle), and skin. Have your child help you put two sticks together to form a limb. The cream cheese in the center represents a bone.

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Once you have the arms, legs, and torso put together, you can now assemble a stick figure.     Admire, then chow down!

Why we like it: This craft is a healthy, simple, and effective introduction to the layers underneath our skin. You can also use it to review principles your child has learned about the muscular and circulatory systems.

Use these activities in conjunction with those found in About Me, an engaging workbook about the human body!

 

Your Insides

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me (our first workbook) includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Project #1 – Nesting Body Systems

This week we’re learning about our insides. We’ve come up with a few teaching tools to help children visualize what’s under their skin. With our print-ables, you can easily assemble this set of tubes that “nest” inside each other.

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First, print out our nesting body systems coloring sheets (found here under “Support Materials”) and cut out along the border lines.

Then, have your child color them and add facial features with colored pencils.

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When she’s done, roll the first sheet into a tube, overlapping the edges about 1″. Secure with clear tape all along the vertical edge, folding the tape over both horizontal edges.

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Now roll up the second page to fit squarely inside the first. Reach inside with a piece of tape to secure.

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Pull this second tube out and tape all along the vertical edge, like with the first sheet. Repeat with the next two sheets.

Why we like it: There are  plenty of teaching opportunities with this craft! You can talk with your child about the functions of each layer while she is coloring. When you put the tubes together, you can teach her about how our systems are connected. The tubes have a stepped design so children can pull each layer up easily.

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Project #2 – Body Outline

This popular activity is included in About Me, Lesson 11.

You need a large roll of drawing paper, washable markers, organ print-outs, and a glue stick.

Print out the Body Outline Activity, found on our website under “Support Materials”, onto separate sheets of colored paper. Assist your child in cutting these out.

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Roll out and cut a length of paper the length of your child. Have your child lie down on the paper and, with a washable marker, draw an outline around her body. Have her glue the organ cut-outs into the correct positions on her outline.

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Why we like it: Kids think it’s neat to put organs into their very own “body.” And you don’t have to just hang this poster on the wall – there are more learning activities to be done with the body outline in our workbook, About Me:

Use organ cut-outs for Lesson 11 in About Me

Use organ cut-outs for Lesson 11 in About Me