What You Need:
- Black construction paper
- Plastic drinking straws
- Clear drying, non-toxic glue
- White chalk
What You Do:
- 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.
- 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.
- Your child can now gently lift each straw piece and place a line of glue underneath to hold.
- Add a head "skull" by drawing one in with white chalk.
- 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.