My two little girls love Doc McStuffins, do you watch her on the TV? Thanks to Doc they have suddenly become very interested in playing doctors and learning about their body. With that in mind we’ve revisited some of our old posts all about the body and staying healthy. Here are our favourite activities for learning about the body.
Human body science for preschoolers
If you have a big piece of paper or cardboard, get the children to draw around themselves, they can then measure arms and legs, label body parts or even draw in organs.
Listen to your heart beat, by making your own Stethoscope.
Make a model of your brain using playdough.
Learn about keeping your hands clean with this fun glitter activity.
For older children
Investigate your heart rate, by recording your pulse rate at rest then doing some exercise and measuring it again.
Have some fun finding out how strong your bones are.
Learn about your lungs with this fake lung experiment.
Can you think of any more ideas?
Key Stage 1 Science
Animals, including Humans
Identify name, draw and label basic parts of the Human Body.
Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Physical Development → Health and self-care → ELG
- Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.