Easy ways to learn the bones of the body

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Easy ways to learn the bones of the body
The skeletal system is complex with many small bones and joints. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

With 206 bones in the human body, learning all of them may seem like an insurmountable task. Thankfully, there are a number of easy -- and sometimes fun -- ways to learn the bones of your body. Depending upon your learning style, you may opt for flash cards, online games or even songs. These methods can be used to teach individuals of all ages the bones of the body.

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Puzzles

Purchase a skeletal system puzzle from a local educational store, online or in a toy store. Puzzles come in a variety of different complexities ranging from puzzles that are suitable for elementary school kids to puzzles that adults can use. Place all of the pieces of the puzzle on a table or floor and work to put it together.

Online Games

The Internet provides you with a variety of games to help learn the bones of the body. There are online matching games that allow you to match the bones of your body to a picture of a skeleton. You can also play online surgery games that give you an in-depth look at specific joints and portions of the body -- including the knee and hip.

Colouring Sheets

Colouring sheets are an effective means to teach young children the bones of the body. You can print colouring sheets from the Internet or copy them from a lesson plan book if you are a teacher. You can have children colour different bones of the body different colours.

Flashcards

Make flashcards or purchase pre-made flashcards of the skeletal system. Making your own flashcards will give you extra practice studying the bones. You can place a picture of the bone on the front of the card and use the back of a note card to write the name of the bone and its function. Have a friend or family member quiz you using your flashcards.

Traditional Studying

If you are a medical, nursing or x-ray technology student, you will likely need to known and understand the functions and locations of all your bones. Try breaking the bones into sections. For example, learn all the bones in your hand before moving on the arm and so on. You can also try to create a mnemonic device to learn the bones -- much like that of ROY G. BIV used to learn colours.

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