Kids are intrigued by the human body (who’s favorite game as a kid was Operation? Me!!!). From the basics of human anatomy and body systems, to certain bodily functions (I am looking at you, burps and farts!!!), kids get excited by human body lesson plans! Since you guys loved our Chemistry Lesson Plan, we will do some super cool human body science experiments, like building a digestive system out of Coca-Cola, a plastic bag and soda crackers. Or you can build a more complex digestive tract and imitation “poop,” if you dare! We will learn about how bones work with straws and play dough too. Plus, there are loads of human anatomy reading activities, free writing prompt worksheets and math games. And, of course, we could not do a human body unit without creating a DIY wearable human body project and felt human body board!
🧪 Human Body Science Experiments
What better way to learn about human anatomy (and how the body works) than by doing fun hands-on science experiments! Try these simple experiments that use items you likely have in your house already.
- Why are bones important? Grab some playdough and straws (or even toothpicks might work). Make a small human body out of just playdough. Then make another, cutting straws to create the bones for inside the playdough structure. Which body is more stable and strong? Which one can stand upright? Your results should look something like this.
- Let’s learn about how your digestive system works! Place two soda crackers in a ziploc bag and crush them with your hands (this is similar to what happens when you chew your food!). Then, add some soda (or “pop,” depending where you live!) to the baggie. What do you notice is happening to the cracker crumbs? Now, squish the bag again. What happens? Soda is acidic, just like the acids in your stomach. When you swallow food, the acids in your stomach break down the food before sending it to your intestines. Similarly, the soda “breaks down” and digest the soda crackers!
- Want a more complex science experiment (and do you not mind a bit of a mess)? Do this experiment where you make “poop” and a “digestive system”.
🧪 Human Body & System Videos for Kids
- Is your child fascinated by burping, farting and other bodily functions that we prefer to not discuss at the dinner table? Then you definitely need to checkout the Grossology series! Also, checkout these Operation Ouch videos!
- Let’s learn all about human anatomy with Operation Ouch! Below is a list of my children’s favorites!
- Are you curious about how blood moves through your body? Learn about your Cardiovascular System here.
- Our brains can do so many amazing things, including all of this.
- Learn all about eardrums here.
- Do you (or someone you know) have allergies? Learn about your Immune System in this Alarming Allergies video.
- National Geographic also has this video called Human Body 101, which explores your digestive and reproductive systems (it is probably best suited for older kids).
- Amoeba Sisters has a great body System Functions playlist, and if you have never checked out their videos, your older kids absolutely must! The Amoeba Biology Learning playlist will make you feel happy that your child is watching videos on YouTube!
📚 Human Body Unit Reading
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: Choose between making your own human body book or doing a word search below!
- Do this human body word search and refresh your memory on some anatomy vocabulary words!
- Make your very own anatomy flip book with this free printable pdf file.
3rd – 5th Grade: Pick your favorite body parts to learn about! Read these articles on how your body works.
✏ Human Body Writing Prompts & Free Worksheets
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: Pick from the following free, printable human body writing worksheets.
- Learn about the respiratory system and write about it with this free worksheet bundle.
- Learn about your bones and muscles, and then do some writing activities about it with this packet of worksheets.
3rd – 5th Grade: Pick between fun human body writing prompts or do a word search puzzle.
- Pick one of these fun human anatomy writing prompts to write about!
- Do you think there are any body parts which are not necessary? If so, which ones are not? Why do you believe this?
- Imagine you shrunk and became very tiny, even smaller than a drop of blood! Then you traveled through a human body. What would your adventure be like? What would you see? What would be exciting or shocking?
- What is the most “gross” thing that you think a human body can do? Is it important that our bodies are able to do it? Why or why not?
- Do this human body word search puzzle.
🧮 Human Body & Germ Math Games
- Practice your addition facts with this germ fighting game that you can download for free on Amazon.
- Practice your multiplication facts with this free germ fighting game.
- If you have a younger child following along, then give this “germ” pattern worksheet a try!
- While this isn’t specifically a math activity, it works on developing logic and thinking skills! Learn how viruses spread, and see how few turns it takes you to make the virus spread completely with this game.
🖌 Wearable Human Body Project & Human Anatomy Felt Board Art
- For our older kids (or adults), there is a reason this Anatomy Coloring Book is a #1 bestseller on Amazon! You will be shocked by how much you learn (and remember) while doing something as therapeutic as coloring!
- Make your own wearable human body project (with inflatable lungs!!!). All you need is a paper grocery bag, an empty paper towel roll, baggies, straws and a few other items, as shown here.
- Younger kids will love making their own human body felt board! Cut a human body, various organs and bones out of felt. Then you can assemble and disassemble the felt model over and over again! Here are some free printable felt organ, bone and body templates.
🤸♀️ Human Anatomy Kids Workout Exercise
Movement and exercise are important to keep our bodies in good condition. So let’s do GoNoodle’s Rock Your Body or their Bones! Bones! Bones! movement song (which will also teach you the name of some of the bones in your body!).
And the most fun part… share a photo or video of your human body science experiments, your human anatomy inspired art (or of any of the other fun activities) on Facebook! Make sure to include a link to this website or to our Facebook Group and Facebook Page, so that we can see it too! I’ve purposefully added a lot of options for parents who need to keep their kiddos occupied for more time and to allow you to cater to your children’s preferences.