How to Make a Model of the Human Body

Help students learn about the human body by creating a life-size paper model of their body with this fun exercise.


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You Will Need

  • Kraft paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Tape
  • Paper models of body parts


  1. Step 1

    Cut kraft paper

    Have the students pair off or assign them partners. Provide each pair with two sheets of kraft paper, one for each student, each piece about 6 inches longer than the corresponding student.

  2. Step 2

    Lie on the paper and trace

    Tell the students to take turns tracing their partner's body onto their kraft paper with a marker. Remind them to stay very still.

  3. Make sure they are lying flat on their back with their hands and legs spread apart.

  4. Step 3

    Cut out the silhouettes

    Help them cut out their body silhouettes. Let them have fun coloring their silhouettes to look like themselves.

  5. Step 4

    Write their names

    Write their names on the backs of their body pictures and tape the pictures to a wall. When you teach them a new part of the body, have the students create a paper model of that part and place it in the correct position on their paper silhouettes, until they have a complete model of the human body.

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