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Halloween Skeleton

First Grade Halloween Activities: Halloween Skeleton

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How do you turn an everyday object into a scary skeleton? This spooky project will give your kid an opportunity to practice counting, while using cotton swabs to create a skeleton. Test his knowledge of the terms vertical and horizontal while he glues the "bones" in place.

What You Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • 19 Cotton swabs (+ a few extra just in case!)
  • Glue
  • Black marker
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child which way the paper should be oriented to place it vertically, or in a portrait position, on the table. Hand him the sheet and have him place it correctly on the table in front of him.
  2. Encourage him to draw the skull of a skeleton on the white paper, cut it out and glue it on the black construction paper. He can draw in the features of the skull with a black marker.
  3. Have him count out three sets of 4 cotton swabs and set them aside for the ribs, arms and legs of the skeleton.
  4. Ask him to glue one cotton swab so it's centered below the skull in a vertical position. This is the spine.
  5. Now, he can place four cotton swabs over the spine in a horizontal orientation to create the ribs. Glue these in place.
  6. Ask him to place the arms of the skeleton down in whatever position he likes. Show him how different arm positions communicate different clues as to the skeleton's personality. There should be two swabs per side, telling you the orientation of the cotton swabs. If they are vertical, ask him if the angle of the swabs is on an incline, or a decline.
  7. Glue the swabs in place.
  8. Repeat this process for the legs.
  9. Have him cut down five cotton swabs into small pieces to create the skeleton fingers. As he glues them in place, have him announce what direction they are pointing.
  10. Ask him to cut the last swab in half to create the feet, which should be glued in place horizontally.
Updated on Oct 6, 2013
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