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Games and Activities to Teach the Human Body

by Kathy Stemke

 

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

  • Buy 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.
  • Tape the cards to the floor in a zigzag pattern ending at a skeleton.

Works best 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.

MUSCLE NAME GAME

  1. Set the timer for 60 seconds.
  2. Each player writes a muscle starting with the letters in the word “TRAPED.” (or whatever word you choose)

Trapezius

Rectus Abdominus

Abductors

Pectoralis Major

External Obliques

Deltoid

  1. Award one point for each letter completed and a bonus two points if all the letters have been used.
  2. The player with the highest score wins!

CIRCULATION GOLF

 

Materials:

  • a small ball
  • broomsticks or dowels as putting club
  • 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 red.
  • 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)

  1. Start (oxygen depleted blood cell) in the right atrium. Tap the ball through the door to the right ventricle.
  2. Tap it out the bottom of the right ventricle.
  3. Hit it through the pulmonary artery. (oatmeal round box)
  4. Tap it up a ramp into the lungs to get oxygen and leave carbon dioxide.
  5. Hit it out of the lungs and through the pulmonary veins toward the heart. (toilet paper rolls)
  6. Putt the ball into the left atrium.
  7. Tap it through the doors into the left ventricle.
  8. Hit it through the aorta (paper towel roll) to the leg.
  9. Tap the ball up the ramp of the leg into a cup. (last hole)

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM OBSTACLE COURSE

  • 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 journey.

NEURON DOMINOES

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.

MODEL BREATHERS

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.

Children will enjoy learning how their bodies work with these interesting and educational games and activities.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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