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
- Stickers (optional)
What You Do:
- 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.
- Next, your child can tear off a piece aluminum foil and roll it around the tube, taping it down at the ends.
- Invite your child to place heart stickers on the tube or decorate it with markers.
- Fit the paper towel tube into the hole at the bottom of the paper cup, and reinforce it with some glue.
- 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.