The human skeleton is responsible for holding us together, and this makes it a fascinating subject for many kids, as well as a topic that's important to explore. Skeleton-based activities, both educational and just for fun, can fit into a program of study for a teacher's classroom or perhaps next year's Halloween celebrations, since the skeleton is often associated with this fall festival.
Parts of Skeleton
This educational activity is suitable for kids between ages 7 and 10, and centres around the use of either a 3-D model of a human skeleton or an illustration of a skeleton large enough to present to a group of kids. An adult helps kids learn about the human skeleton and what each part does by pointing out pieces of the skeleton on the model or illustration, such as the ribcage, spine and skull. Older students can be introduced to other bones, such as the humerus, in this way. Kids also could research parts of the skeleton first and contribute by telling the teacher where each is when prompted.
Trash Bag Skeleton
This activity is useful for preparing a Halloween costume and is suited toward kids ages 8 and older. Assemble the materials first, including a black trash bag, some sticky tape and chalk, and supervise the child during the making of the costume. First, the child cuts holes in the bottom and sides of the bag to make room for his head and arms. Then, have the child draw an outline of a skeleton over the bag and cover it with tape, creating the image of the skeleton. The child can then wear the skeleton costume as an outfit.
This artistic activity allows a child to create a skeleton picture. It is suited for kids ages 5 and older, though an adult may need to supervise younger children. The child begins by colouring the entirety of a piece of cardboard using a black crayon. The artist then takes a wooden craft stick and uses it to draw the outline of a skeleton by pressing down. As the craft stick is used, the crayon is scratched away, thus creating a white skeleton.
Another artistic activity, this skeleton-based craft involves using pasta of varying types, alongside black construction paper and glue, to create a skeleton. The artist arranges pasta on the paper before gluing it in the right position to form a picture of a skeleton. An adult can assist the child in choosing the types of pasta most suitable for this activity. As suggested by the Enchanted Learning website, long tube pasta is best for collar bones while spaghetti can represent fingers, for example. This activity is best suited to kids ages 6 and older.
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