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.
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!
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.
Thumbprint Skeleton Craft Supplies
Since this is such a simple crafting project, all you need to get started is listed below.
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!
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.
More Halloween ideas
We love all things fun Halloween so be certain to check out these great Halloween ideas as well!
- Halloween Word Family from Sight and Sound Reading
- Handprint X-ray Letter X craft from Artsy Momma
- Halloween Cootie Catchers from Itsy Bitsy Fun
- Halloween Cloud Dough Sensory Bin from Simple Fun for Kids