Girl enjoying this lung craft for preschoolers at home

A simple respiration activity to help kids understand how lungs work.

We’re excited to share this easy lungs activity for kids by All About Me Montessoriway with you today.

It can be set up in just a few minutes, and you only need a few common household items!


To do this simple lung and respiration activity at home, all you need is:

  • Two bendy straws
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Small plastic food storage bags
respiratory system activity for kids at home


This simple lung model can be made in just a few minutes, and you can spend as much time as you like decorating your set of lungs and creating a mouth, nose etc.

1. Take two straws and tape them together in the middle. Leave the bendy sections free so you can bend those outwards.

2. Tape the plastic bags onto the ends of the straws (the bendy ends). Make sure it’s airtight, otherwise the activity won’t work properly and your lungs won’t inflate.

3. Make some lungs, a nose and a mouth out of paper and decorate them as much as you like. Tape them onto your lung model (see video).

4. Once your kids’ homemade lung model is complete, practise blowing air into the bags and sucking it back out. Your DIY lungs will inflate and deflate!

Lung diy craft for preschoolers idea

Understanding the respiratory system for kids

When humans (and air-breathing animals) breathe in, they are taking air filled with oxygen into the lungs. The lungs take out all of the oxygen that they can so it can be sent around the body.

They then breathe out air filled with carbon dioxide, which the body doesn’t need, as well as water.

We hope your kids enjoy this lung respiration craft! If they’re fans of activities based on the human body, we think they’ll like tricking their brains with these DIY card cartoons!