Teach kids how to take their pulse.
This is a fun and fascinating thing to learn, as well as a valuable life skill.
Kids feel the wonder and excitement with this new knowledge and it makes them feel grown up.
How to take your pulse

Your pulse can be found on the inside of your wrist or on the side of your neck.  Gently press two finders to one of these spots.  Do not use your thumbs, as your thumb has its own pulse.  Count each time you feel a beat, timing your pulse for 15 seconds.  Take this number and multiply by four.

Take a challenge:

Now run in place and take your pulse again.  What happened to your heart rate?

Try taking your pulse before and after a walk or bicycle ride.  Ask children to make predictions.

Younger children can learn some facts about their heart; plus the concept that more work causes our heart to pump, or work harder.  The older child will learn some physiology and how the body functions as well as getting to practice a few math skills!

source:  WebMD
source:  www.aclsnational.com

This Blog Post is inspired from the book:

Miraculous, Magical Moments in Minutes:
Over 500 Quick, Easy Activities for Adults and Children to Share
by Becky B. Baxa
If you would like more fun ideas to share with your children
(that do not require batteries or electronics )
you can purchase this 180 page book,
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from the gift shop at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, MO,
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This book can also be checked out of the following libraries:
Scenic Regional Library – Pacific, MO
First Christian Church – Washington, MO
Hawaii State Library – Honolulu, HI
Story City Public Library – Story City, IA
Ellsworth Public Library – Ellsworth, ME
Ludington Public Library – Ludington, MI

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