Muscles Facts for Kids – 5 Magnificent Facts about Muscles

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Athletes spend hours and hours in the gym to build muscles so why it is so important to all of us? Let’s discover five magnificent muscles facts for kids.

Muscles Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: It Takes 43 Muscles to Smile

This is because there are 43 muscles in your face and smiles can move all the muscles in your face. Some smiles are smaller and take less muscles but a big smile will move all the muscles in different ways. Smiles start in a nerve from your brain which branches out to control all the muscles. Some people think it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile but it takes around the same.

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Muscles Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The Tongue Is The only Muscle only Connected to other Muscles on One End

The muscles of the body all connect together and connect to the bones to give the body structure. The tongue is the exception as it only connects to the rest of the body on one side. The tongue is a very dexterous muscle. This means it can move in many ways, to help you eat and talk. Some people can roll their tongue into weird shapes like a circle and you inherit that skill from your parents.

Muscles Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: If Humans Didn’t Have Muscles on Their Bottom They Couldn’t Stand Upright

The bottom is a funny part of the body but it has a very important job. It is the largest muscle in the body and its called the Gluteus Maximus because it is the biggest glute muscle. The glute muscles are all located around your hips. If we did not have the gluteus maximus we couldn’t stand up straight. The muscle supports your back and hips so the back can straighten and the hips can sit slightly outwards. This is super important to keeping your balance and being able to walk. The gluteus maximus muscle also helps us to walk upstairs.

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Muscles Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Have You ever Heard about Hypnic Jerks?

Have you ever been sleeping and woke up very quickly? This could be because your muscles suddenly moved without you meaning to. These are called hypnic jerks.

Hypnic jerks happen when you are falling asleep or in a dream. Scientists think they may be caused by your mind falling asleep before the rest of your muscles. When your muscles start falling asleep your mind may think you are falling over and your muscles brace in case you fall. The sudden movement of your muscles makes you wake up.

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Muscles Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: The Busiest Muscles in The Body Are The Eye Muscles.

It takes 6 muscles to move your eyes around so you can see the world around you. These muscles are always working, even when you close your eyes to sleep. They move around even when we are dreaming.

The second busiest muscle in the body is the heart which is always pumping blood around the body. Grown up hearts pump about 5 litres of blood every single minute of the day. That is 300 litres per hour. The heart is always moving as it beats 60 to 100 times every minute.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about muscles as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this organ in human body is, you can move on to learn about other ones like: Brain, Eyes, Nose, Teeth, Ears, The Respiratory System, urinary system, skeletal system, Nervous System and cardiovascular system.

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