Scientists have done studies that prove when you hear something, 10% of
the information is retained. If you see it, hear it and say it, 40% is
retained. But, if you also DO it, you retain 70%-100% of the
information. Using a multi-sensory approach to teach children about
their bodies enhances their retention and capitalizes on their natural
tendency to move. In other words, incorporate movement and games in
science, and your child will have more fun and learn faster.
SKELETON BOARD GAME
large dice at the dollar store.
Laminate card stock paper with questions on one side and the answer
and game instructions on the other side. Example: How many bones are
in the adult human body? Other side- 206 Jump three places.
the cards to the floor in a zigzag pattern ending at a skeleton.
with four students or groups of students at a time. Roll the dice. Jump
that many spaces. Answer the question on the card. If correct, move that
number of places or skip to a certain question. If incorrect, jump
backwards two places. The first one to reach the skeleton wins.
Set the timer for 60
Each player writes a muscle
starting with the letters in the word “TRAPED.” (or whatever
word you choose)
Award one point for each
letter completed and a bonus two points if all the letters have been
The player with the highest
a small ball
broomsticks or dowels as
Heart: (two small shoe
boxes on top attached to two large boxes on the bottom) Tape four
boxes together and cut doors between each of the four cavities of
the heart. Paint the oxygen depleted right atrium and right
ventricle blue and the oxygen rich left atrium and left ventricle
Arteries and veins-empty
round oatmeal boxes, toilet paper tubes
Lungs: two large shoe boxes
with a door into and out of each. Paint them pink.
small ramps and plastic
cups for the “holes”
hazards-books, toys, pots
Lowest score wins (one
point for each stroke)
Start (oxygen depleted
blood cell) in the right atrium. Tap the ball through the door to
the right ventricle.
Tap it out the bottom of
the right ventricle.
Hit it through the
pulmonary artery. (oatmeal round box)
Tap it up a ramp into the
lungs to get oxygen and leave carbon dioxide.
Hit it out of the lungs and
through the pulmonary veins toward the heart. (toilet paper rolls)
Putt the ball into the left
Tap it through the doors
into the left ventricle.
Hit it through the aorta
(paper towel roll) to the leg.
Tap the ball up the ramp of
the leg into a cup. (last hole)
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM OBSTACLE
Chew in the mouth-child
moves up and down in a large box.
Down the esophagus-crawls
through a tunnel.
Slosh around in the acid of
the stomach-roll around on a big sheet or mat.
Travel through the small
intestine-crab walk on a spiral line of masking tape.
Travel through the large
intestine-walk on hands and feet and through a hula hoop to end your
When a neuron in the nervous system is stimulated by heat, cold, touch
or some other message, it generates a tiny electrical pulse. This
electricity travels the full length of the neuron. But when it gets to
the end, it needs help getting across. That's where chemicals come in.
The electrical pulse in the neuron triggers the release of chemicals
that carry the pulse to the next cell.
Make a cool relay of dominoes in which one standing domino falls and
trips the next and the next and the next which leads to the brain.
Kids are terrific at devising
intricate models using the most unlikely materials. See what they come
up with when you ask them to construct working models of the lungs and
respiratory system using household objects such as boxes, jars,
balloons, straws, tubes, etc.
will enjoy learning how their bodies work with these interesting and
educational games and activities.