Activity:

Make a Straw Skeleton

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What You Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • Clear drying, non-toxic glue
  • White chalk

What You Do:

  1. Cut the straws into pieces of several sizes to represent the skeleton's bones. Make segments that range from an inch to a few inches long.
  2. Ask your child to piece together a skeleton from the straws. Compare this to putting together a puzzle. If you wish, have her refer to a diagram of the body to make her model more accurate.
  3. Your child can now gently lift each straw piece and place a line of glue underneath to hold.
  4. Add a head "skull" by drawing one in with white chalk.
  5. Set aside to dry.

This activity can be just as fun with non-human skeletons. Does your little one love dogs? Investigate the biology of canines by creating a doggie skeleton.

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