The adult human body has 206 bones. With all of these bones in our body, it is natural that kids would be curious about them. Teach kids all about bones and why they are important with engaging arts and crafts activities that will make learning about bones creative and fun.
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Dino Pasta Bones
Use arts and crafts activities to teach kids about how paleontologists find dinosaur bones. Draw a basic dinosaur skeleton or print one out from your computer onto a piece of brown construction paper. Be sure that you print it so that it looks like the dinosaur bones are in the dirt. Have children glue pasta pieces -- penne works well for this arts and crafts project -- on top of the lines to make their own realistic-looking dinosaur bones. Then, smear a bit of glue on the rest of your paper and sprinkle sand and dirt over the top to create realistic texture.
Teach kids about our skeletons and why our bones are important and then allow them to make their own skeleton afterward. To make a skeleton, kids can first glue down a total of six packing peanuts on a piece of black construction paper. There should be two rows of three packing peanuts. These make up the ribs of the skeleton. Then, kids can draw in a skull, arm bones, hip bones, legs, feet and so forth using a white crayon. Googly eyes can even be added to the skull for fun.
Turn refrigerated breadsticks into an edible arts and crafts project. To make, unroll refrigerated bread dough and separate or cut into long strips. Loosely tie a knot in both ends of each breadstick and place on a baking tray. Brush each breadstick with egg whites and sprinkle with cheese and basil then bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 191 degrees Celsius.
Fill in a Skeleton
Trace an outline of your child's body on a large piece of butcher paper. Then discuss different bones in the body and where you would find those bones. Have kids draw or paint their bones within their body outline. You can hang the drawing on the wall and come back to it periodically to compare how much your kids bones have grown.
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