Human anatomy is my family’s absolute favorite topic! Thanks to long years of medical school and pediatrics training, I have had the privilege of teaching so many families about their health and bodies. To help my own kids understand the science, we have several human anatomy toys that I’ll review in this post. If your child is interested in STEM, these educational toys are great science gifts for kids!
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Making human anatomy learning fun at home
My children love setting up a pretend hospital and take on the role of health care providers. They use this DIY cardboard booth for so many pretend scenarios, and it serves as a check-in counter. Through imaginative play, their human anatomy toys have context that’s fun and relatable for their young age.
In addition, we have been snuggling up on the couch reading human body books in Chinese and English. Since I’m learning Chinese with my kids, most of the medical terms are new to me.
However, using our Chinese dictionaries in conjunction with the hands-on science toys helps all of us remember new vocabulary.
Here are some of the resources we have been using in addition to the human anatomy toys featured here.
- Human Body Books for Kids in Chinese, English, and Korean
- Parts of the Human Eye DIY Puzzle
- DIY Mouth Puzzle & Coloring Sheet – Printable Template
Human torso model
I’m amazed by the quality, detail, and accuracy of our human torso model from 3B scientific.
The lungs, liver, stomach, heart, intestines, and brain can be removed for close-up, hands-on learning. Each organ is pretty sturdy and has sustained my toddler dropping it a few times. The exception is the heart which has delicate strings representing the tricuspid and mitral valves.
The retroperitoneal organs that sit behind a lining in the abdominal cavity include the kidneys and pancreas; these cannot be removed.
Both sides of the head, in addition to the brain, can be removed for close-up viewing.
I splurged on this 3B Scientific human torso model, because I wanted something my children could use through high school. For those who want to compare prices, I have linked more affordable options below which have good reviews on Amazon.
Where to buy
- What we have: 3B Scientific Mini-Torso model
- Similar: Walter Products Human Torso Model, Learning Resources Anatomy Models Set
Mini human body toy model
A few years ago, I first learned about this squishy anatomy toy from my daughter’s preschool and got it due to the thousands of 5-star reviews. This mini anatomy model has a mix of inner organs, bones, and muscles, and my kids love the texture, especially the intestines!
Since the organs are small and delicate, I would recommend this for children 5 and up or whenever they can be trusted around fragile things. The downsides are:
- Delicate: To my daughter’s dismay, her little brother ripped the liver and heart when he was younger.
- Sticky: These organs get linty!
- Small parts: This could be a choking hazard around babies and toddlers. Also, currently the esophagus is missing because my son can’t remember where he put it (facepalm).
Since we have the larger human body and skeleton models, we probably didn’t need this. But if you have limited space and not sure about splurging on the other anatomy materials, this is a great way to introduce human anatomy to kids.
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Educational skeleton toys for kids
Human skeleton model
Skip this section if you’re creeped out by skeletons! Otherwise, the nerd in me thinks a skeleton model is so helpful to have in a homeschool classroom! A skeleton model is useful for showing the various types of joints and how they move. We also use them in conjunction with sample X-rays.
For the particular model that we bought, I regret splurging on this as I didn’t realize there were many other highly-rated, affordable options. We ordered a mini skeleton – hanging version – that was very unstable and often fell. The exchanging process for a more stable version was very difficult through 3B Scientific. It took almost 2 months, and they were extremely slow at replying to emails. The new one that they sent has been great quality that will likely last for years. But it was not worth the hassle.
Where to buy:
- What we have: 3B Scientific Mini Human Skeleton Model
- Similar: Axis Scientific, Learning Resources, American Educational
This is one of my kids’ favorite anatomy resources! We compare normal and broken x-rays and point out the corresponding bones on our skeleton model.
The human body x-rays also come with realistic scenarios so kids can learn the cause of each fracture.
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Labeled foam skeleton puzzle
This skeleton puzzle set is great for younger kids. The back of each piece is labeled with the bone name and corresponding body part. If you have older kids, this set would be too basic.
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Human dental anatomy toy model
My kids have had fun learning about their teeth with a dental model. It’s fun and effective for teaching teeth brushing and flossing! We have paired it with our mouth anatomy puzzle and Chinese books about teeth brushing (Health Guides 影响孩子一生的健康书 and 牙掉了怎么办.
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Kids’ first microscope
For toddlers, preschoolers, and lower elementary school kids, the talking toy microscope might be worth considering. Normally, I avoid talking toys because they are usually distracting. However, the purple toy microscope can narrate science findings in English, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Japanese!
Where to buy:
- Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope – make sure to select the Asian audio version if you want multiple languages
For older kids in elementary school, AmScope has a highly rated beginner microscope set.
Pretend play doctor medical scrubs for kids
Where to buy:
- Aeromax Jr. Doctor Scrubs: My son is wearing size 4-6 with room to grow
- Natural Uniforms Childrens Costumes Scrub Set: My daughter is wearing size 7 with room to grow
- Children’s White lab coat: My son has size 4 with room to grow; my daughter has size 5/6 but it’s too small.
- Review and Comparison of Cloth Masks for Kids and Adults
Pretend play doctor kit for kids
To complete the hospital experience, my kids love to play pretend with their toy doctor kit! Here are great doctor kits to consider:
- We have the B Toys Dr. Doctor Medical Kit which has held up very well over the past 6+ years. When the stethoscope bell is pressed, it makes a soft lub-dub heart beat sound! Please note that the pager comes with batteries. We removed the batteries so the kids can engage fully in pretend play without distracting beeps.
- If you prefer to minimize or avoid plastic, here are other popular medical play sets:
To embellish their medical kit, I also gave them an extra Epi-pen trainer, medicine cups, and oral syringes.
Where we store our human anatomy science toys
When my kids aren’t using these human body toys, I keep them in my closet along with other educational resources. Please read How We Organize Our Bilingual Montessori Homeschool Materials for the tour!
What did your kids think of these human anatomy toys?
Did you end up getting any of these science gifts for your children? Which human anatomy toys did they like? Are these any others that you would recommend?
Please share your experience in the comments below. We’d love to hear what you think!
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