My little preschooler loves hands-on activities, and it if includes glue, it’s even better. After reading the very silly Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler we learned a little about the skeletal system and then made cotton-tip swab skeletons. What a perfect learning activity for the Halloween season.
Skeleton Hiccups is particularly funny because there the poor skeleton cannot get rid of hiccups in the normal ways (drink water upside down, push his eyeballs, etc.). He must be creative. The illustrations are hilarious but they do happen to show a full skeleton. It was a perfect model for our own skeleton creation.
It also provided information for discussion. Why did the water go straight down to the floor? Why couldn’t Skeleton do some of the tasks? Which bones on Skeleton can you find on your own body?
To do this activity, we needed these things:
Funny story, Strawberry could not remember the word for the swabs, so she called them the “ear cleaners” during our entire activity!
We felt our own bones under our skin as we created our skeleton.
“Our teeth are bones?” Strawberry was surprised by that fact.
We also looked at Steve Jenkins’ book Bones. The fold out pages of skeletons were cool to look at! It also shared some fun facts about skeletons from different animals. Strawberry’s favorite was the snake.
We watched a BrainPop, Jr. movie about animal classification. she took except to the fact that we are vertebrates.
“I am not a vertebrate!” she exclaimed.
After our skeleton was done, she wanted to do another one, this time a monster skeleton. I love how it turned out.
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