Education.com
Try
Brainzy
Try
Plus

Homemade Stethoscope

Homemade Stethoscope Activity

based on 5 ratings

Did you know that the first stethoscope back in the 19th century was simply a piece of paper rolled into a cylinder? This Valentine's Day, learn a little more about the organ that keeps everything in your body going--your heart! Get a closer listen to your heartbeats by creating a homemade stethoscope with a few simple materials. This crafty activity is a great way to American Heart Month while learning about anatomy.

What You Need:

  • Paper towel tube
  • Plastic cup
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. Help your child poke a hole in the bottom of the cup and cut out a circle about the same size as the size of the paper towel tube.
  2. Next, your child can tear off a piece aluminum foil and roll it around the tube, taping it down at the ends.
  3. Invite your child to place heart stickers on the tube or decorate it with markers.
  4. Fit the paper towel tube into the hole at the bottom of the paper cup, and reinforce it with some glue.
  5. Take turns placing the cup on a person's chest and listen through the tube. The tube amplifies the sound of the heartbeats, and acts much like a real doctor's stethoscope!
Tania K. Cowling is a former early childhood teacher and author of teacher resource books. Her Together Time crafts have been featured in print magazines and online.

Updated on Feb 3, 2012
Printable Workbooks from Education.com
Find a printable workbook to go along with this fun activity. See Workbooks
See more activities in: Preschool, Valentine's Day
Add your own comment
Recommended Learning Products
Trust Education.com to find smart things kids love
Unlimited Workbooks and Worksheets
90% of Students Understand Concepts Better Since Using PLUS
Reading and Math Program for Kids 3-7
300+ games and activities. Try it for free!

Washington Virtual Academies

Tuition-free online school for Washington students.

SPONSORED