Digestive System: A Kinesthetic Lesson

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In this simulation, learners act out each digestive function of the organs, tissues, and cells in the digestive tract. Two parallel strips of tape on the floor 3-4 feet apart and the width of the room represent the tract. A large filled bag represents the food particles. Learners simulate peristaltic movement and each element of digestion as well as enjoying some candy (or any other food treat) at the end of the activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Large thin plastic bag
  • Newspapers
  • Paper sacks
  • Zip-lock bags
  • M&M's candy
  • Masking tape
  • Markers and paper to label learners (optional)
  • Sponges
  • Labeled spray bottles of water
  • Trash can


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
    • Human Body
      • Digestion

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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