Breathing Lungs

This fun activity recreates the lungs inflating and deflating with your breath.

Breathing Lungs

Skill Level


Time to Make

30 minutes. Adult supervision needed

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Cut out the lung template and trace it onto a sheet of cardboard.
  2. Paint the lungs pink and let dry.
  3. Outline them with a black pen.
  4. Cut out the lungs.
  5. Now join two paper straws together end to end leaving a small gap for movement. do this twice so you have two identical bendy straws
  6. Then snip the end of one of the straws to make it shorter.
  7. Wrap the plastic bag into the end of the straws and tape.
  8. Join the two straws together with tape.
  9. Stick onto the lungs so the bags are within each lung.
  10. Breathe in and out of the straw to see how the lungs fill.
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Top Tip

When joining the straws, ensure they are sealed well with tape or the bags will not inflate.