Thumbprint Skeleton Craft

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Want a simple Halloween craft that is super fun for your kids? This thumbprint skeleton craft is so simple to make, and your kids won’t get enough of it. While this is a great craft for Halloween, you can also do this with young kids if you are studying the skeletal system of the human body.

Do you like this skeleton craft? Check out my list of Skeletal System Activities for more ideas.

You know I’m the least crafty parent out there so I always appreciate simple crafts that are easy to set up and this is one of those and it’s fun at the same time. It’s not full out finger painting since it only involves your thumb, so not a huge mess, unless your child decides otherwise. But it’s the cutest project ever.

Who said skeletons had to be scary? We don’t do scary Halloween here but do love the cute ideas, and candy of course. This project works well with my daughter because she can’t stand getting her hand dirty from finger painting but a thumb doesn’t seem so bad.

And you have to admit, these little thumb skeletons are really just the cutest. Nothing spooky or scary about them at all! 

A cute thumbprint skeleton craft this is perfect for Halloween lovers or those little scientists learning about the human body.

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Thumbprint Skeleton Craft

The fun thing about these Thumbprint Skeleton Crafts is that it’s simple and easy for all ages to do. This also means that all the skeletons are going to be a different size, too! Have fun making thumbprints and them comparing the differences among the kids. Even the adults should join in on the fun of this fun craft.

This is a fast and easy way to create a craft at home with minimal supplies needed! Not to mention, the kids will think that it’s a blast!

When it comes to making artwork at home, sometimes the thumb is really all that you need to make it happen!

Make certain to check out my Fun Halloween Activities for Kids for even more great ideas!

Thumbprint Skeleton Craft Supplies

Since this is such a simple crafting project, all you need to get started is listed below. You might already have most of these right at home!

Crayola 96 Ct Construction Paper, Assorted ColorsCrayola 96 Ct Construction Paper, Assorted ColorsQ-tips Cotton Swabs, 170 ctQ-tips Cotton Swabs, 170 ctDecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, WhiteDecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, WhiteAleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue 8ozAleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue 8oz

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Wonderful Halloween Books

These Halloween books are so much fun to read! We love to combine our love of books with all the different holidays and celebrations so make certain that you have these Halloween books as part of your fun reading and learning. These are just a few but there are so many to choose from!

Make certain to check with your child on the type of books about Halloween that they want to read! Some kids like books that are more picture-based while others are wanting to read more chapters. This type of learning is perfect because you can easily find a Halloween book from the list below that will work with a wide variety of ages.

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)Room on the BroomRoom on the BroomRoom on the BroomPete the Cat: Trick or PetePete the Cat: Trick or PetePete the Cat: Trick or PeteIt's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)Princess Pumpkin PatchPrincess Pumpkin PatchPrincess Pumpkin PatchClifford's Halloween (Classic Storybook)Clifford’s Halloween (Classic Storybook)Clifford's Halloween (Classic Storybook)


Directions to make Skeleton Thumb Art

Begin by dipping your thumb into white paint. Press it to the black paper to craft the head of the skeleton. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly. Repeat until you have the number of skeleton heads you wish.

While the paint dries you can start snipping the q-tips into segments. These will be the bones of your skeletons. Add a dab of glue to the back of each and press them to the thumb prints as shown to create the body of the skeletons. You will need about 5 pieces for each body you wish to make.

Once the bodies are assembled, you can craft the faces of your skeletons. Use a marker to add a simple set of eyes and mouth.

Your thumbprint skeletons are now ready to be displayed. Putting different faces and expressions on them and make them look unique. The kids can even paint them later on if they want to to give their skeletons some coloring.

If you’re looking for more human body activities, these brain crafts for kids will make learning super fun and extra special!

Fun Ways To Decorate For Halloween

Don’t forget that Halloween decorations can easily be the crafts that the kids do at home! If they create this skeleton craft, hang it up on the fridge or the window for all to see!

This makes for a super simple way to get in the Halloween spirit while showcasing their hard work at the same time!

More Halloween ideas

We love all things fun Halloween so be certain to check out these great Halloween ideas as well!

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Halloween Word Family from Sight and Sound Reading

This is a fun way to work on words and identifying words as well!

Handprint X-ray Letter X craft from Artsy Momma

Learning about the letter X is fun with this easy Halloween craft. Use this craft as a fun way to work on letter learning! They’ll have a blast with this craft and be proud of the outcome as well.

Halloween Cootie Catchers from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Check out this Halloween activity for the kids! So many fun things are available during this time of the year!

Halloween Cloud Dough Sensory Bin from Simple Fun for Kids

Sensory play is always a good idea. The kids will love how could dough feels!

Halloween Printables – K to Grade 2

You’ll find that these printables are great for kids to dive in and learn! I’ve found that when I can print out sheets for them, they’re much more likely to sit down and work through them at their own pace. There’s just something about having printables that make learning that much more fun!

More Skeleton Activities

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Preschoolers will have a fun learning experience with these skeleton preschool activities.

Skeletal System Worksheets for Kids

Take the time to help your children learn about the skeletal system. They’ll have a blast identifying the parts and be so proud of themselves for completing it as well.

Skeleton Craft for Kids

A super simple skeleton craft for kids of all ages because it can be as simple or detailed as possible based on age.

Skeleton Activities for Kindergarten

Kindergarteners will enjoy learning about bones with these fun skeleton activities.

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