If you’re looking for ways to keep your family busy while children are home from school, check out these fun and educational activities you can do in your kitchen or backyard.
- Measure your heart rate! For 15 seconds, put two fingers on your wrist and count how many times your heart beats. Multiply by 4 and you have calculated your BPM, beats per minute! The human average ranges from 60-80 BPM. A groundhog hibernating only has 5 BPM compared to their average of 80-100 BPM when they are active! Groundhogs hibernate during winter and survive off of the body fat that they accumulate during the warmer months.
- Birds of prey (such as hawks, falcons, and more!) are known for their amazing vision – which they use to hunt their prey. Eagles, for example, can see a moving rabbit from about a mile away! Have a partner hold up a piece of paper with large words written on it and stand about 10 feet away. Keep backing up until you can no longer see the words clearly and measure the distance. If you multiply that number by 8, that’s about how far a raptor can see!
- Count how many teeth you have! Humans have 32 teeth as a full set but sharks can have up to 3000 teeth at once! The inside of a shark’s mouth can house numerous rows of teeth that can fix themselves when damaged. However, when sharks lose their teeth they are able to grow new teeth to replace them.
- How long can you keep your eyes open during a staring competition?! While us humans normally blink around 15 times a minute and consistently need to be moist, this is not the case for snakes! Snakes do not blink because they do not have eyelids and have a clear eye scale that protects their eyes. They also do not have great vision and versus spotting their prey, they are able to sense their prey’s body heat and track them that way!