Taking a Pulse

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

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This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to count heartbeats and observe how their pulse changes after exercising.

Materials Needed:

  • A clock with a second hand
  • Writing implement
  • Paper or journal

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Teach your child how to take a pulse by placing an index finger between the bones near the wrist (on the palm-side of their hands).
  2. Challenge your child to count the beats for one minute, using the clock that has a second hand.
  3. Ask your child, how does your pulse change after sitting? Walking? Jumping? Running? Your child can record the pulse counts in their journal and create a chart of which activities create a slower/faster heartbeat.

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