I recently was a presenter at a 5th grade Science Fair alongside professional astronomers, engineers, and physicists. My high school science teachers would have never predicted this. I struggled to pass my science classes and it wasn’t until I studied fitness as an adult that I became interested in biology.
But as the pint-sized budding scientists filtered through my exhibit on muscles that evening, I was inspired by their thirst for knowledge. These were kids who could have stayed home that night to watch TV or play video games, but instead were back at school to learn more. Dozens of eleven-year old impressionable minds were available to me. I had mere minutes to take advantage of their desire to learn. So I started peppering my presentation with fun and unusual facts about the human body. They ate it up.
Trivia is defined as “insignificant information.” This may be true if the subject is, say, Little Known Facts About “American Idol.” But when the information has the potential to spark a child’s interest in health and the human body, it’s very significant, indeed. Listed below is a compilation of fun facts about the human body. Share it with your kids.
The web, bookstores, and the library all have resources that include trivia on the human body. I’ve listed the sources I used for my compilation below. As you might have guessed, kids especially enjoy the gross stuff. Even if you don’t have a budding scientist in your brood, these fun facts can help your kids develop a respect and admiration for their body. And there’s nothing trivial about that!
I Wonder Why I Blink, by Brigid Avison
1001 Facts About the Human Body, by Backpack Books