My little preschooler loved hands-on activities, and it if included glue, it was 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.
Skeleton Hiccups 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?
After we read the book, we did a Skeleton Hiccups activity.
Making Cotton-Tip Swab Skeletons
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 Q-Tip skeletons activity!
To make the skeletons, we cut the Q-tips to various sizes. Then we poured Elmer’s glue on the papers in the places that the skeleton needed bones. Strawberry loved putting on the glue. We then put the cotton-tip swabs on the paper on the glue.
We felt our own bones under our skin as we created our skeleton.
“Our teeth are bones?” Strawberry was surprised by that fact.
She liked calling fingers and toes phalanges, and finding our ribs caused a bit of tickling.
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.
See more fun skeleton activities at these blogs: