How to make an x-ray craft for preschoolers

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How to make an x-ray craft for preschoolers
An X-ray craft will enhance the lessons introduced to preschoolers during a study of the human body. (x-ray image by Claudio Calcagno from

A popular lesson plan theme for preschool and kindergarten classrooms is the human body. Children are fascinated by their bodies and what makes them work, and this includes muscles and bones. Make an X-ray craft showing the bones in a particular area of the body such as the chest, legs or arms during this study unit. The project is simple enough for a preschoolers and kindergarteners to complete it with ease, and easy for you to set up and clean up.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Copy of an X-ray
  • Anatomy book showing a human skeleton
  • Black construction paper
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Glue
  • Instant camera

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  1. 1

    Show children a real X-ray if you have one. If a chest X-ray is available, this is usually the most interesting to children and one of the easiest to recreate on paper. Allow the children to ask questions about the pictures they are seeing. Explain to them why an X-ray might be necessary, and be sure to let them know that X-rays do not hurt.

  2. 2

    Find an anatomy book that shows the bones in the human body. Count the number of ribs on each side of the chest. Take note of the sternum, shoulder blades, neck and spine.

  3. 3

    Invite children to glue toothpicks to black construction paper using the anatomy book and X-ray as a guide. Make sure to count the number of ribs on each side of the chest.

  4. 4

    Using an instant camera, take a picture of each child's face. Glue each child's picture to the top of the chest X-ray he created.

  5. 5

    As an extension activity for another date, study other parts of the body and add them to the X-ray. Arms, legs and even skulls can be added at a later time.

Tips and warnings

  • Pre-plan for this activity by asking the parents of your students if they have X-rays they can share with the class. See if you can locate X-rays of each major part of the body.

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