Dem Bones: Learning About the Human Skeleton

'Dem Bones: Learning About the Human Skeleton“Mom, did you know the human body has over 200 bones?” The girls love learning about the human body, so I thought with Halloween approaching it would be a fun time to explore the human skeleton. After doing some research, I came across this great idea from Art Projects for Kids.

I simply checked out a few books on skeletons from the library and left them out on our coffee table. Within minutes of discovering them, the girls were both flipping the pages and sharing the tidbits of information they were gleaning. When I asked them if they wanted to make their own skeleton, they jumped at the opportunity.

I set up some bowls containing a variety of different pastas. I also made sure to have some labeled images of skeletons on the table so we could discuss the different bones as they were working. I was amazed at the time and care they took in trying to add as many of the correct bones as possible.

Making pasta skeletons was a fun and educational project and a great way to create some spooky Halloween Decorations!

Resources and Materials

Halloween Pasta Skeleton by Art Projects for Kids (via The Crafty Crow)

Human Anatomy Skeleton

Skeleton Facts

Science Skeletal System Game – Learn the Bones

Wireframe Skeleton Game




With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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