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Human Biology

The human body is an amazing thing!

Anatomy for Kids

Anatomy for KidsMaterials Butcher paper or plain newsprint paper Paints, felt pens, or crayons Directions read more

Are Warts a Sign of Ill Health?

Find out whether warts indicate a problem in your child's immune system. read more

Big Feet, Little Feet

Big Feet, Little Feet Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 30 minutes Materials: Construction paper Markers Scissors Crayons This activity will help your child learn about sizes and comparison. You may wish to do this activity with hands as well. If you have a cooperative cat or dog in the family, you can include it, too. read more

Blindfold Painting

Blindfold PaintingTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials White paperBlindfoldPaintbrushTempera paint Directions read more

Bodily Functions: Teaching Your Preschooler the Body Parts

Bodily Functions: Teaching Your Preschooler the Body Parts Many preschoolers regularly see their parents completely or partially nude—either coming out of the shower, getting dressed, or using the toilet. Yet some parents feel uncomfortable about exposing their children to their naked bodies. read more

Body Parts Activity

Body Parts ActivityTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Nose tissues Directions There are so many body parts and so many new words to learn, but this activity makes it fun. As you call out body parts (ears, eyes, nose, knees, back, etc.), put the tissues on that spot on your toddler. Extensions read more

Body Parts Compared to Automobile Parts

Comparing important body parts to a car is a great way to learn about the human body. read more

Can You Hear Me?

Can You Hear Me?Time 5 to 10 minutes Materials Large pieces of furniture to hide behind Directions In this variation of peekaboo, you hide behind a piece of furniture. Call your baby by name, grabbing their attention before you pop out. Extensions Play this game by calling from a nearby room. Play this game using a large bath towel to cover your head. Peek out from the side of your baby's bed after naptime. read more

Clothespin Drop

Clothespin DropMaterials Clean plastic milk jug with lid (1/2-gallon or 1-gallon size) 6--8 clothespins Directions read more

Color Lab

Color LabTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials Rubber bandsBalloonsflashlight Directions Indulge in this curiosity-filled activity by stretching a balloon over a flashlight and fastening it tight with a rubber band.Shine it on a wall or ceiling in a dark room. Extensions read more

Developmental Stages in Human Beings

Review vocabulary with a list that outlines the stages of human development. read more

Diagram of Mouth, Nose, and Lungs

A diagram of the mouth, nose, and lungs allows children to explore the parts of the body that are threatened by smoking. read more

Echo Excitement

Echo ExcitementTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials MailboxDirections While you are out on a walk, stop at your mailbox, lift up your baby, and as you open the lid, shout inside. The echo is terrific and will bring surprised looks and more calling and echoes. It is likely that this will become a favorite destination for walks. Extensions Take turns hollering into the mailbox.Sing a simple song into it. read more

Eye Care

Eye CareAs a parent, you can play a critical role in protecting and caring for your youngster's visual development. Be sure that routine eye exams are carried out at regular intervals and know the signs of potential eye problems. Routine screenings The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the following routine screenings be performed on schedule: read more

Eyewitness Human Body Printables

This printable set supports Eyewitness: Human Body, from the DK Eyewitness Series. It contains two scavenger hunts (one for the book and one for the video), a wordsearch with relevant vocabulary, and a creative writing assignment related to the human body. read more

Feely Box

Feely BoxMaterials Large cloth bag or pillowcase Assortment of toy animals and familiar objects Rubber band Directions read more

Find the Sound

Find the SoundTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Masking tape3 small empty milk cartons2 kinds of colored contact paper Bell Directions read more

Follow Your Nose

Follow Your NoseAn Imagination Station Activity Age: All agesTime: As long as you likeType of Activity: Using your senses Materials needed: Pen Paper Your nose! Are you ready for some serious smells? Pack a pen and paper, jot down your observations, and follow your nose on a stroll this weekend and be, well, nose-y! read more

Fun Walk

Fun Walk Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Children of all ages will want to try this activity. What other surfaces can you think of to include? read more

Fun with Faces

Fun with FacesTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions It is always fun for your baby to explore your face. Put your baby's hand on one part of your face or head, such as your nose, mouth, chin, ear, etc. and say what it is. Extensions Take turns going back and forth between the baby's body parts and yours. Talk about what you are doing. Use a stuffed animal or doll to point to body parts. read more

Functions and Major Glands of the Endocrine System

A worksheet with definitions and explanations about the major glands and the functions of the endocrine system. read more

Functions and Structure of the Cardiovascular System

Explore how blood flows from the heart to the lungs and back again. This is a great worksheet for learning about the cardiovascular system. read more

Functions and Structure of the Digestive System

Learn about the structure and function of the digestive system and how it works. read more

Functions and Structure of the Nervous System

Teach your child the functions and structure of the nervous and neuron systems. read more

Functions and Structures of the Respiratory System

A worksheet which will help your child understand the functions and the structure of the respiratory system. read more

Guess and Draw

Children will use their senses to determine what secret object is hiding in a closed box. read more

Have a Heart

Explore the meaning of everyday expressions that reference the heart and other parts of the body. read more

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek Materials Kitchen timerDirections Wind up your kitchen timer and hide it somewhere in the house. Have your child search for it by listening for its ticking sound. read more

Hide the Clock

Hide the ClockThis game works well with mixed age groups. Materials Clock or timer that ticks loudly Directions Have all the kids leave the room while you hide the clock or timer. At your signal, the kids return and search for the clock. The winner is the first player to find the clock. read more

Human Skeleton Quiz

Test your skeletal smarts with this challenging quiz. read more