How The Human Body Works – A Resource Guide For Curious Kids

This is a list of fun, safe, and informative web resources for kids to explore the human body. Many sites provide lessons about all aspects of human anatomy, but we’ve also included several sections dedicated specifically to the skeletal, sensory, muscular and circulatory systems.

Interactive sites are great for children who have trouble focusing or who need extra stimulation to be engaged with teaching materials. This listing covers a variety of formats including quizzes, matching games, and guided explorations of human anatomy. Teaching resources also offer do-at-home activities such as crossword puzzles and science experiments as well as fun facts and lesson plans for parents or teachers to present to children. Enjoy the wonder of the human body!

Interactive Sites for Kids Teaching Resources Skeletal System Sensory System Muscular System Circulatory System

Interactive Sites for Kids

  • American History provides a body parts matching game. This site is offered by the Smithsonian Museum of American History Behring Center.
  • BBC Science Body poses an engaging, advanced challenge to kids. Users must correctly piece together parts of the human body in these interactive games. Game contents include organs, muscles, bones, senses, and the nervous system.
  • Body Surfing is a bright, fun site where kids pretend they are taking a private tour of a skeleton. This game includes colorful drawings and fun facts. Kids can also choose instead to learn about specific organs.
  • Discovery Channel Learning Experience gives detailed physiological explanations of sight, sensation and brain power accompanied by video clips of humans in extreme situations using these senses of perception and instincts. Video clips are dramatic and best suited to older children.
  • FossWeb presents Mr. Bones, a skeleton who falls apart and needs reassembling. The skill level of this game is appropriate for late elementary and early middle school students.
  • How Stuff Works offers a short video of the ten different human body systems. The video includes actors, drawings, and diagrams.
  • InnerBody offers tour guides to each of the systems in the human body. Diagrams of the body are shown complete with scientific names and detailed descriptions of each body part in each system.
  • InnerG lets elementary school kids drag-and-drop body parts into a cartoon body and presents facts about each organ or bone as they appear. Healthy recipes are also provided on this site which accompany organ descriptions.
  • Kids’ Health offers an interactive site where children can watch movies, read articles, do word searches, and take quizzes about various parts of the human body.
  • Monkey Squash is a hangman-style game in which kids must guess the appropriate answer to a human body fact. This game is also good for developing spelling skills.
  • National Geographic lets users explore the brain, heart, digestive system, lungs and skin. Included are lots of pictures and interactive animated demonstrations.
  • Pitara Kids Network gives a human body quiz which is full of fun facts about all human body systems. The difficulty level is appropriate for elementary and middle school aged students.
  • Quiz Station is a multiple-choice style game in which contestants gain points by choosing correct answers about body part trivia. This resource would be a goof fit for late elementary to middle school students.
  • Science Netlinks teaches kids about human anatomy by letting them place organs and bones onto a human form. Cartoon drawings and an entertaining audio voiceover helps make this game fun.
  • The Magic School Bus, sponsored by Scholastic and based on the popular book series and television show, takes kids on an interactive, animated tour of the human body. The tour includes a video, a game, and a quiz.
  • Tissues of Life, sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota, explores the four types of tissue on the body – connective, epithelial, nervous and muscle. This is an animated site with sound effects. Also check out the interactive stem cell comic strip.
  • Virtual Body provides narrations and animated tours of the human brain, skeleton, heart and digestive tract. The drawings featured here are detailed enough for an advanced learner.

Teaching Resources

  • Biology Index suggests single-concept lesson plans for teachers. Included here are art projects and science experiments relating to anatomy and physiology.
  • Body Parts is an easy word search challenge for kids consisting of twelve hidden body parts. This search is elementary school level.
  • Body Quest is geared towards students eleven through sixteen years of age. It offers text on all bodily systems and some drawings. This site was compiled by students who participated in a ThinkQuest competition.
  • FAQ Kids provides answers to questions relating to human body functions. Sections include Growing Up,Hands and Feet, and Gross Stuff. Questions and answers are good for elementary school children.
  • Gross Anatomy gives daily crossword puzzles relating to the human body. Puzzles are workable online or printable to do at home. Subject matter includes the skeletal, muscular, and cardiovascular systems.
  • Kids Biology breaks down the human body into six different systems, and two types of tissue – muscle and bone. Information includes text and pictures geared towards youngsters.
  • Kids Konnect is a list of twenty interesting human body facts for children. This list would pair nicely with a statistics or percentages lesson.
  • Science Kids provides a list of fun facts to capture the attention of a reluctant learner. Fact lists are available for the brain, heart, eyes, lungs and blood.
  • Teachnology offers adults printable worksheets for teaching human anatomy. Worksheet include word searches, Venn diagrams, vocabulary lists, and creative writing activities.
  • Yucky and Gross provides kids with entertainment as well as education as they learn about parts of human body normally off-limits in polite dinner conversation. Material covers pimples, burps, farts and funnybones.

Skeletal System

  • Body Guide provides a detailed overview of the axial skeleton, appendicular skeleton, ossification and reconstruction, and a section on bone marrow. Lots of specific vocabulary is presented here, so this resource is best suited to high school students.
  • Brain Pop Jr. offers parents and teachers background information on the skeletal system and activities children can do at home or at school to increase their knowledge of human anatomy. Users may also sign up for a free trial and play Brain Pop Jr.’s Bones Game.
  • KidPort presents a slideshow-format guide to bones in the human body. Accompanied by a simple drawing, each bone is presented with two paragraphs of introductory text on its function.
  • Minnesota eMuseum provides a thorough introduction to the skeletal system, including divisions of the skeleton, types and functions of bones. Kids can click on different body parts for more detailed information.
  • Skeleton Guide is a short video which shows kids both x-ray and normal views of the skeleton and how it moves. Also included are real photos of cross-sections of human bones.
  • Skeleton is one of the few sites which offers actual photographs of the human skeleton. Pick any bone and see a close-up photograph of it from different angles.
  • The Bare Bones is an eight question worksheet with riddles kids can solve about the human skeleton. Answers are not provided.
  • Tissue Issues: Bones is a site from the Royal Institute of Great Britain which discusses what bones are made of and their functions. Kids will enjoy a Build a Skeleton speed game and another called Casing the Joint where kids can control a virtual skeleton.

Sensory System

  • Brain Facts shows an animated video which highlights fun facts about the brain and compares human brain functions to animal brain functions. The video includes bright bold text and simple cartoon drawings.
  • Central Nervous System presents a text which engages kids by comparing human brain functions to animal brain functions and incorporating colorful cartoon drawings.
  • Exploratorium Science Snacks explains simple science experiments kids can do at home which produce optical illusions. The experiments listed require minimal equipment. Great for elementary and middle school students.
  • Five Senses gives teachers seven lesson plans relating to the sensory system. Included is a Spanish language translation and some optional interactive games to play with kids.
  • HearingUSA is a link to a video explaining how sound travels into the ear and how the ear communicates with the brain. The explanation given is clear and precise and is suitable for middle school students.
  • Learner.org allows users to explore the brain as it functions in regulating everyday human life. A flash activity introduces various parts of the brain including the limbic system, central core, and cerebral cortex. Drawings on this site are detailed and text includes lots of scientific vocabulary.
  • Neuroscience for Kids offers lots of resources including interactive games, coloring book pages, worksheets, lessons, and science experiments.
  • Resources for Science Learning from The Franklin Institute discusses what nutrients a human brain needs to stay healthy. Kids are taught how to nourish, protect, and renew their brains and can also learn some history of its evolution.
  • The Secret Life of the Brain is made possible by PBS and is a great resource for information about the growth of brains as humans age. Interactive features on this site include mind illusions, and 3-D brain anatomy.

Muscular System

  • BBC Muscles presents a detailed guide to select muscles in the human body. Click on a group of muscles to learn more about their function and see an animation of them in motion. Content is suitable for late middle school and high school students.
  • Body Muscles was designed to help sixth grade students to identify specific muscle groups of the human body. This interactive game has kids select body parts on a color coded diagram.
  • Muscle Tutorials gives users an opportunity to explore muscles on their own by clicking on a human model and revealing the names of different muscles. Diagrams on this site are highly detailed, clearly labeled and suitable for middle and high school students.

Circulatory System

  • Human Heart presents a site with sections on the development, structures and systems of the heart. Also included are links to enrichment activities such as an image gallery and heart activities for the classroom.
  • NOVA Heart gives a list of fun facts kids will be interested to learn about their hearts. Kids are encouraged to listen to their heartbeats and to determine their pulses.
  • Texas Heart is sponsored by Texas Heart Institute and provides a detailed animation of the human heart. It also explains heart beats, heart valves, and the conduction system.