Want to make learning about the Skeletal system fun? Try building this cotton swab skeleton craft for kids, 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 cotton 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?
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We talked about the different types of bones
- Long – femur, tibia
- Short – carpal bones (hands/wrist)
- Flat – skull
- Irregular – vertebrate
- Sesamoid – knee cap
Recommended Skeleton Kits
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
Recommended Skeleton Books for Kids
Want to see how all of the bones in your body are formed or find out how many bones are found in your body? Try one of these colorful skeleton books, your kids will love them.
- 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.
Depending on the age of your chilf, you can simplify or increase the difficulty of this craft.
Older kids can show how each finger is made of 3 small bones, they can research how many rib bones there actually are to make sure the craft is accurate.
They can show the separate bones in the legs to show the tibula and fibula, and the radius and the ulna in the arm.
You can add the bones in the feet and toes.
So many possibilities.