Pulse Pointer

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In this activity, learners investigate circulation and measure their own your heartbeat. A heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times the heart beats per minute. For this short activity, learners will only need some dry pasta and playdough before measuring their pulse. Step-by-step guide includes quick tips and extensions questions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • uncooked pasta
  • playdough or putty


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity


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  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Life and Science at Home


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