Human Body For Kids:
Homeschool Unit Studies Activities

Our  human body for kids unit study makes it to number one of our free e-book of ten science experiments that won't let you down!  

You'll find fun activities and experiments for all ages.

  • Make your own blood
  • Listen to your heart with a cardboard tube stethoscope
  • Fun facts
  • Make an eyeball
  • Explore a virtual body
  • A lift-the-flap body model
  • A brain hemisphere hat
  • Learn body parts with felt
  • NEW! Make a hand

As you can see, lots of ideas which make discovering the human body for kids one of the most awesome journeys you can take!

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Let's start with a view of a homeschool brain!

drawing of human skull

"We made a lift the flap version of daughters body when she first started homeschool - it was fantastic fun and stayed on the wall for about a year :)" ~ Anna Marie

Homeschool Unit Study

We'll start with some human body activities for young children and move on up.

number one

Make a stethoscope.

Use the cardboard tube inside a roll of paper towels for yours. Color it your favorite color.

Now try listening to each other's heart beats and see if you can count them.

See what happens when:

  • you lie and the floor, pretend to snore and go to sleep
  • you run round

Human Body Fact

The human body has an average of 5.6 liters of blood.

number two
bucket

See for yourself!

Take some red food coloring and add it to some water.

Get the kids to measure out the right amount in a big bucket.

You can find more water experiments in our homeschool unit study on ocean creatures.

number three

Try an easy experiment and make some blood!

You can enjoy being Dracula for a day by making blood out of food.

jelly beans

Get the kids to fetch:

  1. Red jelly beans for the red cells which carry oxygen
  2. White jelly beans for the white cells which fight infection
  3. Rice for platelets
  4. Corn syrup or olive oil for plasma

You can get a download showing you the exact proportions of each of these you need to make human blood.

Click on our free human body for kids printable.

You'll find out that you'll need a lot of corn syrup!

And if you've had fun making blood, use that to spark your kids imagination to try lots more of our experiments!

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human body parts felt model

Learn body parts with felt as you sing a human body song!

"Here is a wonderful idea from makinglearningfun.com for anyone who wants a fun biology lesson for their children.

I made this from felt to teach my son body parts and what they do. You can take off each organ and add them as you sing the song. Then put the bones over top of the organs, add the skin and then the clothes to have a complete person."

~ Rebekah

free printable

You can download free printable outlines to cut out the body parts and get a copy of the song from Jo's lovely makinglearningfun.com website.

Great idea for a human body for kids project.  Thanks Jo.

number five

For older children, you can use your own body as a model.

Get your child to lie down on a large piece of paper and draw round their arms and upper torso. As my son William knows, this is where a human body for kids homeschool unit study gets ticklish!

Get a good kids book on the human body, trace round a few of the main organs and get the kids to color them in. You can make the drawings as simple as you like, or quite complex if your kids are high school age.

human body with organs diagram

One great idea is to make a lift-the-flap homeschool unit study of the human body. You'll see our lungs are attached to tabs which lift up to reveal the heart.

number six
model eyeball

Make an eyeball.

You'll need a:

  • ping pong ball cut in half for the eyeball
  • a small square of transparent acetate for the lens
  • blu-tack or similar to hold the lens in place
  • blue or brown shiny paper for the iris
  • black card for the pupil
  • shiny red foil for the retina

I reckon not many families come home to an eyeball on the table!


seven

Investigate your brain.

Catherine with human skull

Here's my daughter Catherine holding up the picture we traced of a human skull.

As part of your homeschool Unit Study, you can color in the areas of the brain and talk about what each does.

Human Brain Fact

The human brain is three times as big as the brain of any other similar sized mammal.

human heart diagram for kids
brain hemisphere hat

You can download this wonderful brain hemisphere and make it up as a model hat to wear!  It is even available in different languages.

Go over to Ellen McHenry's Basement to get your free download.

3-D Human Body

3-D human body

This site requires you to log in first, but Bio-Digital Human is a great place for older kids to explore a virtual human body in 3 dimensions.

Zoom in on your left lung and discover your left salivary gland!

As you can see, our human body for kids homeschool unit study is all about getting hands-on!

Build Your Own Skeleton

Sylv and her 9 year-old daughter came up with a lovely activity building your own paper skeleton from a free paper cut out.

girl with skeleton

"Jayne is over the moon with her little skeleton. We have talked about Clavicle, Sternum, Humerus, Radius, Ulna, Femur, Patella, Tibia, Fibula, Phalanges, Metacarpals and carpal bones.

We even sang along to Dem Bones!"

~ Sylv

Thank you for sharing and well done Jayne!

How To Make A Hand

how to make a hand

Jessica is homeschooled and has specially made this video which shows you how to make a working hand. Thanks so much Jessica!

All you need is:

  • Card stock (cardboard is best)
  • 3 straws
  • Thread or string
  • Scissors and glue such as Elmer's or Pritt
  • Sellotape (Scotch tape)

You will find how tendons work and actually get to move the fingers of your working model.

Jessica shows you exactly how to do it in her video. Brilliant.

Human Body For Kids Resources

I asked my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group to recommend some resources.

how the human body works

"I found this site online for my girls to watch as they are obsessed with the body. It's very informative and fun and they love it.” ~ Alison

"My kids love Chloe and the Nurb as well :)" ~ Monica

We checked out these skeleton books by Robert Winston - really well worth having:

Get your free e-book of ten science activities that won't let you down! by clicking on the kids experiments link.

ten science experiments that won't let you down e-book

The human body is an amazing place to discover.

Why not draw round your hand and find out that fingernails are actually modified hairs?

If you do the same with your feet, you'll find out that it's rare to find two feet exactly the same.

So the human body for kids is a fantastic journey of discovery just waiting for you to begin!

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