I just read a post from the Kinder Korner webring–if you don’t belong, it’s a must for Kindergarten teachers! 🙂 I found some really cute ideas for skeletons, and although I won’t be doing them before Halloween in my classroom, we make come back and do some of these in February when we discuss healthy bodies and nutrition. I’m listing the names, because these are not my ideas! 🙂
I’ll post later about my own classroom and what we are doing in our short Fall Break ended week!
I posted photos on the group site of a skeleton project we did last year. We collected and painted toilet paper tubes and made a very large skeleton and labeled the major bones and body parts. I cut the skull and hips out of white paper. The children really enjoyed it. You will find the pics under the name Skeleton ideas. Laura Columbus, Ohio —
“gayuhland” I have done some darling skeletons with Q-tips mounted on black paper with a TLC-head (starting from a square white paper, etc.) Although not exactly ‘correct’ in terms of number of human bones, etc., it has been a great lead-in for a unit on skeletons/exo- skeletons. I also have a great little booklet featuring different animal skeletons– I remember a turtle for sure–I think 8 animals in all. Let me know if you are interested in a copy, photo &/or ‘q-tip count’ for the project. Off-list is fine. 🙂 Gay
“kinderoom” <kimberlyennis@ Hi, I am doing a short skeleton unit as well. I don’t have lot of time so here is one thing I will be using: Last year my kids loved the “roll-a-?” games. I made a big skeleton (just enlarged one of those easy ones from a Worksheet- Mailbox, I believe.) We talked about the pips on the dice, how to “recognize” or count them, And how to find that piece of the skeleton to add. After we played together, I gave them smaller version to cut out and a die so they could play by themselves. (don’t know how this year’s kids will do but am trying something new….they would cut the poor skeleton up too badly to use so) I bought the little plastic skeletons those that come 6 or 8 to a pack and cut them into 6 pieces. (head, chest/trunk, 2 arms, 2 legs) and then made a “roll a skeleton” direction card. I put this along with a die in a baggie. Now they will have game to play at home with their parents. Of course we will still play with the big one as a class, just won’t be cutting them out this year. I also got one of those big plastic moveable skeletons. I wrote an alphabet letter on each of the bones at the hinges (?) – you know, the joints they are put together(?) – for example – at the end of the collar bone I put a capital A and on the top of the humerous (the lone arm bone) I put a lower case a. I did this for all the bones where they came together. Then I took it apart. (the plastic buttons can be cut so you can take it apart). The kids put it together by matching caps to lower case. You can put it back together with the large brass fasteners. > > I used to sort and graph the “Dem Bones” candies, but it just got too hard to get them. I’m sure they are available somewhere still, but just not worth the effort now. (I do miss the activity though.) I used to make large skeletons using paper towel and toilet paper rolls. (saw it on line somewhere) – That was fun and the kids loved that they ALL contributed to making him. I hope this helps. Kim