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Make a Straw Skeleton

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Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Does your budding biologist want to learn more about the human body? Infuse a fun craft with an educational science lesson on the skeletal system. This project may be just the thing to spark her interest in science.

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.

Erica Loop has an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
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