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. It was such a fun learning activity combined with crafting that the kids were so excited to create this skeleton.
Did you know that we’re born with 300 bones as babies, but they begin to fuse together as they grow? I have to admit that doing these types of activities helps me learn as well!
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Learning about the different types of bones
One of the ways that we extend the learning process in our homeschooling is that we talk about the different parts of the body. During this fun skeleton activity, we also took the time to learn about the different types of bones listed below:
- Long – femur, tibia
- Short – carpal bones (hands/wrist)
- Flat – skull
- Irregular – vertebrate
- Sesamoid – knee cap
Recommended Skeleton Kits
In addition to this fun skeleton craft, be certain to check out some of these super fun skeleton kits as well. Adding in more creative ways for learning is a good way to keep the kids focused and paying attention for longer periods of time.
Cotton Swab Skeleton Craft Supplies
All you need to make this cotton swab skeleton is listed below.
- 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. These are great for all ages, and if one of the books is more mature or harder to read, then just sit down and read it with them. Bonding time and learning time makes for great family time.
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.
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.
Did you like this skeleton craft? Let the kids try to go through and name some of the bones on their own!