Want to make learning about the Skeletal system fun? Try building this cotton swab skeleton, it was a huge hit in our homeschool co-op. With a large class full of boys, they had a great time cutting up the cottons swabs, and creating something rather than working on a worksheet. We discussed the skeletal system, how there are 200 bones in the body with half of those being in our hands and feet.
Did you know that we’re born with 300 bones as babies, but they begin to fuse together as they grow?
We talked about the different types of bones
- Long – femur, tibia
- Short – carpal bones (hands/wrist)
- Flat – skull
- Irregular – vertebrate
- Sesamoid – knee cap
Cotton Swab Skeleton Craft Supplies
- Black construction paper
- Cotton Swabs
- Skull printable (Once you click on the link, it will automatically download to your downloads folder)
- White glue
Cotton Swab Skeleton Directions
- Print out the skeleton skull
- Get some cotton swabs and plan how you’d like your skeleton to look. Be sure to include a spine, we added the ribcage and limbs. Where there are joints. I told the kids to cut the cotton swabs in half for the limbs.
- The fingers got 5 small pieces to show that they are separate bones.