Respiratory System Facts for Kids – 5 Great Facts about The Respiratory System

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

How do we breathe? Here are five great respiratory system facts for kids.

Respiratory System Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: The Organs Connected to The Respiratory System

The respiratory system connects together lots of very important parts of the body which let us breathe and talk. The parts that make up the respiratory system are:

The Nose and Mouth, which take in air. The Throat, Windpipe, and Airways which transport air through the body. The Voice box which lets us make noise to speak and the Lungs which bring oxygen into the bloodstream.

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Human respiratory system: Lungs, esophagus or breath diaphragm and trachea or bronchi alveoli and blood capillary network

Respiratory System Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Turbinates Inside Our Noses

Your nose is a super important part of the respiratory system and it does a few very important jobs. The little hairs in your nose, called cilia, catch pollen, dust, and other germs that you breathe in so they don’t get into your lungs. The nose also has little structures called turbinates which help catch germs from being breathed into your lungs.

The turbinates also heats up or cools down the air you breathe in to make it the perfect temperature for your lungs.

Respiratory System Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: The Voice Box

The voice box is also called the larynx and it is how we speak. The larynx has muscle tissue that spreads across it on both sides. When air passes through the gap it can create sounds through vibrations which the mouth shapes into words. Every person who speaks a different language makes the shapes of the words differently in their mouth. This makes each language sound very different. Just like air travelling through a wind instrument to create different sounds the voice box works the same way. So, you are your own instrument.

If you want to feel the vibrations of the voice box which create noise you can place your hand at your throat while you hum. Try it for yourself!

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The human lungs

Respiratory System Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Bronchioles

Once the air travels down the throat it goes through airways called bronchioles to reach the lungs. The lungs are separated into different nodes which all do the same job. The bronchiole isn’t just one tube and it splits into many branches. These branches look just like the branches of a tree. 

Respiratory System Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Why do We Yawn?

There are many reasons why we yawn and one of the most interesting reason is that the brain wants us to take in more air. When we yawn it brings fresh air into our body, this brings more air to the brain. This can help energise the brain and make you feel more awake especially if you take in colder air. Yawns are also contagious so when you see someone else yawn you feel like yawning too. This is because we empathise with the need to yawn. Even dogs can catch yawns from people.

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Girl stretching and yawning on the bed

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about respiratory system as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this system 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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