Homemade skeleton for home school

Learning about the skeletal system can be loads of fun through hands-on projects such as a homemade skeleton. Since learning about anatomy is an educational requirement for homeschoolers, this is a great way to learn while having fun.

Grade Level

A hands-on project such as making a homemade skeleton might seem so exciting at first that it's easy to forget that some models might be too detailed for younger ages or too boring for older children. Fortunately, you have choices of designs for skeleton building for various age groups. Ones for younger children include larger pieces that are easier to manipulate. With some projects you could make a skeleton out of food like macaroni (see Resources). Older children could make more detailed, intricate skeletons such as an animatronic skeleton or one made out of meringue that the child could use to make finer bones like metacarpals or phalanges.


Consider all your options. With patterns and designs you could make the skeleton from scratch, using materials from around your house. Another option is purchasing a kit, a 3-D puzzle, which the children can put together a skeleton with the basic shapes already cut out for them.

Project Type

Consider whether you should make it an individual project or a group project. An individual project offers opportunities for in-depth learning on each part of the skeletal frame, but it might also bring on frustration if the pieces aren't going together easily. A group project might alleviate some frustration, but every child will not experience connecting each individual piece. Determine which method works best for you based on your child's personality and your desired curriculum outcome.

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Antonette Ellertson, a freelance writer from Western New York, has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She has worked as a freelance writer for more than a decade, specializing in media. She is a contributor to numerous magazines including "Maitland Primrose," "Highlights for Children" and "The Writer" and is managing editor for a large, non-profit organization.