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Find out all about the different stages of a human life cycle and how we change as we grow up When they are grown up, they often have children of their own.

Each year when I pick out what I will be teaching, there is no doubt that life cycles will always be on my list. Teaching children about life cycles is a perfect way to help them understand the world around them and to connect them with nature.

Before I became a teacher, I had no clue what a ladybug larva looked like. In fact, the first time I saw a ladybug larva was because one of my students pointed it out to me in our class greenhouse.

It always amazes me how using pictures and reading books about the life cycle gives the children a way to connect real life with what we are learning about. As a teacher and a parent, I always relish in the moments when my children and students become little teachers themselves.

I want to thank Brainy Kit for partnering with me to bring you this post.

Teaching Children About Life Cycles

If you have ever experienced a child who has connected with a creature, you know that they have LOTS of questions.

I spend a big chunk of time researching information on the internet and through books to help answer these incredible questions. This year we used the lesson plan guide provided by Brainy Kit, which already had lots of great facts, vocabulary words, activities, and explanations.

I love every opportunity that allows me to cut back on prep work so that I can spend more time talking and interacting with my children about what they are interested in.

Here were some of our highlights while learning about life cycles.

We talked about the life cycle of several creatures and even plants! I learned tons about a life cycle that I easily forget about: the shark.

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Whenever possible, I love to make a real life connection with the information we are learning. Some years we have a butterfly garden or release ladybugs into the greenhouse.

An activity that we love to do every year though is planting! We pulled out our materials from our life cycle kit to plant beans, and we were able to talk about what we were going to see with our plant life cycle chart.

We spent time discussing the life cycle of sharks, chickens, plants, turtles, butterflies, and ants. My daughter found her favorite activity right away: stickers!

The creature my children took the most interest in was learning about the frog! This Montessori frog puzzle was a huge highlight while learning about the anatomy of the frog. Montessori puzzles have been on my wishlist, so I was most excited about this.

I kept hearing “hind leg, front leg, hind leg” as they explored the puzzle.

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I was so thrilled to see an Usborne book about Tadpoles and Frogs in our life cycle kit! It gave us interesting facts, fascinating photographs, easy to understand diagrams, and it even provided detailed explanations for the many questions lingering through all of our minds.

One of our favorite facts was learning that frog eggs are also called frogspawn.

A life cycle unit would not be complete without some hands-on exploration! We pulled out the ant life cycle model and ladybug life cycle models to explore. This was by far my son’s favorite activity!

After talking about the stages of the life cycle with our life cycle charts, I put the life cycle figures in order and listened to them chant.

 “Eggs, larva, pupa…ant!”

“Eggs, larva, pupa…ladybug!”


It is always so fun to explore life cycles, and this year was definitely one of the best. I plan on storing all of these materials for the next time we want to learn about life cycles, and I know it won’t be long! While we used this as a homeschool project this year, I absolutely plan to use many of these materials for my future preschool classes too!

About Brainy Kit

Brainy Kit came about when the owner, Viktoria, wanted to combine two of her passions — Montessori and affordable resources. After Viktoria opened a Montessori preschool, she had requests come in for her to expand her program. While she couldn’t open preschool upon preschool, she could provide materials that parents and teachers would be able to use. And next came Brainy Kits! It is Montessori homeschool curriculum in a box, and many materials can easily be used for the classroom too!

Brainy Kits are a subscription kit service with a new, exciting kit each month. There’s no prep required, and you will have all the materials needed to teach. It includes lesson plans, hands-on materials, and lots of wonderful ideas. There are no long-term commitments. I especially love that they e-mail you before sending a kit. Plus, there is free shipping!


Katie T. Christiansen

Katie has spent 17 combined years in the Early Childhood field as a teacher, preschool owner, and educational writer. She has worked in profit and non-profit programs, high-risk schools, and started an in-home preschool and outdoor collaborative preschool program. She adores being a mom to three children, and her youngest is currently in preschool.

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The Human Life Cycle Stages

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Life cycle means the stages a living thing goes through during its life.

In some cases the process is slow, and the changes are gradual. Humans have various steps during their lives, such as zygote, embryo, child and adult. The change from child to adult is slow and continuous. See the fact file below for more information about life cycles.

  • A life cycle is defined as the complete succession of changes undergone by an organism during its life. A new cycle occurs when an identical set of changes is begun.
  • All organisms go through stages of development.
  • Environmental conditions such as water, temperature, and light affect the development of organisms.
  • In most mammals the stages of life go from the fertilized egg, to the fetus, the juvenile, and then to the adult.
  • Birds go from the egg, to the chick, to the adult.
  • Amphibians go from the egg, to the larva, to the adult.
  • Plants go from the seed, to the seedling , to the flowering plant.
  • Insect go from the egg, to the larva, to the pupa, to the adult.
  • Scientists can even describe the life cycle of a star or a plastic bottle.
  • Even families can have a life cycle. Most families have the parents come together as a unit. They can then have a child. The child becomes an adult. The new adult leaves home, finds a partner, produces offspring and the life cycle begins again.

Life Cycle Worksheets

This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Life Cycle Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Life cycle which means the stages a living thing goes through during its life.

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  • Life Cycle Facts
  • Seasons in the South
  • Animal Life Cycle – Three Stages
  • Four Stages
  • Meta-word Creator
  • Plant Life Cycle – Growing Plant
  • Life Cycle of a Man – My family Life Cycle
  • More Life Cycle – Quick Quiz
  • Facts of Life
  • Reflection
  • Key Answers

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Animals & Humans

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This video explains a lot of fascinating facts about human life cycle.

                                          Human Life Cycle

The human life cycle includes various phases of life of a person. All living creatures go through stages of developments. And these stages can get affected by different environmental conditions. We, humans start our life as a cell which is of the size of a pinprick. And this stage starts inside our mother’s body. Then birth will take place between fertilization and 40 weeks after fertilization, when the baby will be fully formed and ready to exit the safest place, mother’s womb. The baby is called infant for entire first year after the birth. In this stage, infant tries to get familiar with the outer world. As soon as the first year completes, the stage which starts is called childhood. For next 10 year, the child will learn how to walk, eat and talk. Then adolescence will take place. It starts from the age of 12 and continues till 18. It is the stage of hormonal changes.  A person will feel some type of psychological changes as well. After that, adulthood comes, which is the longest stage. In this stage, an individual becomes a fully grown adult. Late adulthood is the last stage when a person slowly moves towards the last phase of life, which is death.

Different stages: –

  • Foetus
  • Infant
  • Child
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Elderly

Here are what I call the twelve gifts of the human life cycle: Early Childhood ( Ages 3-6): Playfulness – When young children play, they recreate the world anew .

Teaching Children about Life Cycles

life cycle of humans for kids

Human Factors and Malaria

Genetic Factors

Biologic characteristics present from birth can protect against certain types of malaria. Two genetic factors, both associated with human red blood cells, have been shown to be epidemiologically important. Persons who have the sickle cell trait (heterozygotes for the abnormal hemoglobin gene HbS) are relatively protected against P. falciparum malaria and thus enjoy a biologic advantage. Because P. falciparum malaria has been a leading cause of death in Africa since remote times, the sickle cell trait is now more frequently found in Africa and in persons of African ancestry than in other population groups. In general, the prevalence of hemoglobin-related disorders and other blood cell dyscrasias, such as Hemoglobin C, the thalassemias and G6PD deficiency, are more prevalent in malaria endemic areas and are thought to provide protection from malarial disease.

Persons who are negative for the Duffy blood group have red blood cells that are resistant to infection by P. vivax. Since the majority of Africans are Duffy negative, P. vivax is rare in Africa south of the Sahara, especially West Africa. In that area, the niche of P. vivax has been taken over by P. ovale, a very similar parasite that does infect Duffy-negative persons.

Other genetic factors related to red blood cells also influence malaria, but to a lesser extent. Various genetic determinants (such as the “HLA complex,” which plays a role in control of immune responses) may equally influence an individual’s risk of developing severe malaria.

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Acquired Immunity

Acquired immunity greatly influences how malaria affects an individual and a community. After repeated attacks of malaria a person may develop a partially protective immunity. Such “semi-immune” persons often can still be infected by malaria parasites but may not develop severe disease, and, in fact, frequently lack any typical malaria symptoms.

In areas with high P. falciparum transmission (most of Africa south of the Sahara), newborns will be protected during the first few months of life presumably by maternal antibodies transferred to them through the placenta. As these antibodies decrease with time, these young children become vulnerable to disease and death by malaria. If they survive repeated infections to an older age (2-5 years) they will have reached a protective semi-immune status. Thus in high transmission areas, young children are a major risk group and are targeted preferentially by malaria control interventions.

In areas with lower transmission (such as Asia and Latin America), infections are less frequent and a larger proportion of the older children and adults have no protective immunity. In such areas, malaria disease can be found in all age groups, and epidemics can occur.

Anemia in young children in Asembo Bay, a highly endemic area in western Kenya. Anemia occurs most between the ages of 6 and 24 months. After 24 months, it decreases because the children have built up their acquired immunity against malaria (and its consequence, anemia).

Mother and her newborn in Jabalpur Hospital, State of Madhya Pradesh, India. The mother had malaria, with infection of the placenta.

Pregnancy and Malaria

Pregnancy decreases immunity against many infectious diseases. Women who have developed protective immunity against P.falciparum tend to lose this protection when they become pregnant (especially during the first and second pregnancies). Malaria during pregnancy is harmful not only to the mothers but also to the unborn children. The latter are at greater risk of being delivered prematurely or with low birth weight, with consequently decreased chances of survival during the early months of life. For this reason pregnant women are also targeted (in addition to young children) for protection by malaria control programs in endemic countries.

More on: Malaria During Pregnancy

Behavioral Factors

Human behavior, often dictated by social and economic reasons, can influence the risk of malaria for individuals and communities. For example:

  • Poor rural populations in malaria-endemic areas often cannot afford the housing and bed nets that would protect them from exposure to mosquitoes. These persons often lack the knowledge to recognize malaria and to treat it promptly and correctly. Often, cultural beliefs result in use of traditional, ineffective methods of treatment.
  • Travelers from non-endemic areas may choose not to use insect repellent or medicines to prevent malaria. Reasons may include cost, inconvenience, or a lack of knowledge.
  • Human activities can create breeding sites for larvae (standing water in irrigation ditches, burrow pits)
  • Agricultural work such as harvesting (also influenced by climate) may force increased nighttime exposure to mosquito bites
  • Raising domestic animals near the household may provide alternate sources of blood meals for Anopheles mosquitoes and thus decrease human exposure
  • War, migrations (voluntary or forced) and tourism may expose non-immune individuals to an environment with high malaria transmission.

Human behavior in endemic countries also determines in part how successful malaria control activities will be in their efforts to decrease transmission. The governments of malaria-endemic countries often lack financial resources. As a consequence, health workers in the public sector are often underpaid and overworked. They lack equipment, drugs, training, and supervision. The local populations are aware of such situations when they occur, and cease relying on the public sector health facilities. Conversely, the private sector suffers from its own problems. Regulatory measures often do not exist or are not enforced. This encourages private consultations by unlicensed, costly health providers, and the anarchic prescription and sale of drugs (some of which are counterfeit products). Correcting this situation is a tremendous challenge that must be addressed if malaria control and ultimately elimination is to be successful.

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Teach your children the life cycle of a human with this handy cut and stick worksheet. Cut out the images of the different stages of human growth and stick them.

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