Blood Vessel Activities and Coloring Page

Miles of Blood Vessels Coloring Page Activities for Kids - Human Body Learning

Hey, curious minds! Get ready to dive into the world of veins, arteries, and capillaries with hands-on fun. You can unravel the mysteries of blood vessel facts thanks to easy activities and a free template!

Three types of blood vessels

With these fun activities, you’ll discover three types of blood vessels: arteries, veins, and capillaries.

Artery, Vein, Capillaries Anatomy diagram labeled facts
  • ARTERIES are the biggest blood vessels. They carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Because arteries carry fresh oxygen, they are usually red in anatomy diagrams.
  • VEINS are slightly thinner than arteries. They carry blood from all over the body back to the heart. Because veins have less oxygen, they are usually blue in anatomy diagrams.
  • CAPILLARIES are the smallest blood vessels with fragile walls. Because they connect arteries and veins, they are usually purple in anatomy diagrams.

Easy blood vessel activities for kids

Hands-on activities can help kids remember facts about blood vessels. Each of these activities can be used with a convenient printable template.

blood vessels anatomy coloring page activities

1. Capillary coloring page

This coloring page is as easy as activities come! Color the artery red, color the vein blue, and then color the center of the capillaries purple.

If you don’t know what colors to use, check out the picture at the top of this article.

Complete the form below to download this free printable template and sign up for Human Body Learning updates. Check your email for the template after you hit “subscribe.”

2. Make blood vessels with playdough

Roll red, blue, and purple playdough into thin tubes.

Then, place the playdough blood vessels onto the activity template. Easy peasy!

3. Create blood vessels with yarn

Grab some yarn to match the colors of red arteries, blue veins, and purple capillaries. Then glue them to the blood vessels activity template!

4. Fill the capillaries activity

Human Body Learning Lab Fill the Capillaries Science Activity

This blood vessel template can also be used for the “Fill the Capillaries” activity from the Human Body Learning Lab book. Check pages 80 to 81!

Have you tried this fun science experiment? It works best with watercolor paper. Watercolor paper is thick and prevents water and paint from bleeding through the other side.

5. Take your pulse

This fun blood vessel activity is a practical life skill. You can check your pulse anywhere – at home, school, or the park.

how to check radial pulse - human body learning

When you feel your pulse, you feel blood rushing through an artery.

The wrist is an easy area to check the pulse in 3 steps:

  1. Press two fingers on the side of your wrist (under your thumb).
  2. Count how many beats you feel in 30 seconds.
  3. Multiply that number by two to reveal your heart rate.

More fun anatomy learning activities for kids!

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If you think blood vessel activities are cool, you’ll love learning more about the amazing human body!

Human Body Learning Lab has kid-friendly science facts, memorable experiments, captivating images, and practical health tips.

In addition to the circulatory system, the Human Body Learning Lab book has cool information about all major organ systems.

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Published on December 20, 2022. Updated on January 18, 2024 by Betty Choi, MD

Published on December 20, 2022. Updated on January 18, 2024 by Betty Choi, MD

Dr. Betty Choi pediatrician

Betty Choi, MD

Dr. Betty Choi is a Harvard-trained pediatrician who makes learning fun and doable. She created the kids’ anatomy book Human Body Learning Lab, which Science Magazine recommended as a “notable standout in the genre.”