Who says GIFs can’t be educational? We’ve compiled 20 fun and fascinating educational GIFs, all of which are appropriate for kids. Get ready to learn something new!
1. The effect snake venom has on blood
This clip from The Nature of Science shows how venom from the brown snake causes human blood to clot until it becomes a jelly-like consistency.
2. White blood cells in action
An amazing look at white blood cells attacking a parasite.
3. How a lock works
4. The effect freezing temperatures has on boiling water
This amazing clip shows how boiling hot water can turn into “snow” when thrown into the air on a sub-zero day. Click here to learn more about the science behind this phenomenon. Note: Don’t try this at home!
5. Where Americans immigrated from
This fascinating animated map shows the top country of birth among U.S. immigrants for every state over the last 166 years.
6. The effect freezing temperatures have on the human body
This clip from BBC utilizes a thermal camera to show the effect freezing conditions has on your body. The man in the image is holding a snowball in his hand, and the green spots all over his skin are actually cold spots where snowflakes have landed on his body.
7. The evolution of the alphabet
This fascinating graphic shows how the alphabet has evolved since Phoenician times.
8. How dogs drink water
This amazing slow-motion clip shows how dogs cup their tongues to draw water into their mouths.
9. How cats drink water
Cats also use their tongues to cup water and draw it into their mouths. In addition, the microscopic ridges on their tongue also help grab water.
10. The evolution of the United States
This neat visual shows a brief overview of the history of the United States.
11. How cats land on their feet
This slow-motion clip from Smarter Everyday shows how cats use their tail to right themselves when falling, allowing them to flip mid-air and land on their feet.
12. Why your nose runs when it’s cold
Have you ever wondered why your nose tends to run when it’s cold outside? This image explains why!
13. What happens when a mosquito bites you
This is what’s happening under your skin when a mosquito bites you and drinks your blood. Eeek!
14. What happens when your eye moves
This slow motion clip shows what really happens when your eye moves!
15. The actual distance between the Earth and Moon
A more accurate depiction of how far the Moon is from the Earth.
16. How a hamster stores food
This cool x-ray video shows how hamsters are able to store so much food in their mouths.
17. How babies grow
This neat graphic shows how babies develop from fertilization to birth.
18. What happens when you swallow
This cool x-ray shows what happens when you swallow liquid.
19. How braces work
This time-lapse shows how braces work to shift teeth over time.
20. Red blood cells moving through the body
Have you ever wondered how fast your blood moves through your body? This clip depicts a red blood cell moving through the human body in real time!
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