I was over at The Crafty Crow the other day when I happened upon these adorable DIY Spook Pops by Fellow Fellow. I sat looking at my screen for a few minutes, in love with those simple little skeletons, and ta-da…the idea for this easy skeleton craft was born.
We kicked off our morning today, with a little lesson about skeletons. I wasn’t sure how much the hooligans knew already – they’re only 2, 3 and 4, so I talked about how your skeleton is a framework of bones inside your body, and that the bones are all connected to each other.
I also explained how the Doctor can take a picture of your bones using an x-ray machine, and we looked at images of a skeletons and of x-rays on the internet. Then we got down to work.
The supplies for making our skeletons are very basic:
- for the “bones”: black styrofoam meat or produce tray (sterilized in dishwasher)
- square of white cardboard (alternatively, you could glue a piece of white paper to a panel of a cereal box)
- white and black paint
- paint brushes
How to make your skeleton hand:
Have the kids brush the black styrofoam meat tray with some white paint. No need to ensure full coverage here. If there’s some black peeking through that’s totally fine. Actually, that’s great.
While that’s drying, have your child make his handprint on the white cardboard. I brushed each hooligan’s hand with black paint and helped press it to the card. You want your child’s hand to make full contact with the card, so help them by gently pressing and jiggling their hand against the card.
A bucket of soapy water and a towel on the floor beside us made for a quick clean up.
While the hooligans were waving and blowing on their handprints to speed up the drying, I quickly cut the styrofoam meat tray into long thin (very thin) strips.
Then I had the hooligans cut those strips up into small pieces.
Then, using a paint brush, they covered their handprints with glue and filled them in with their styrofoam “bones”.
I LOVE the way they turned out!
If you liked this simple Halloween Craft, be sure to check out our:
Monster Hands too!