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Cotton Swab Skeleton

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  1. photocopies of the skeleton
  2. scissors
  3. 9" x 12" colored construction paper
  4. white glue
  5. cotton swabs


  1. Make photocopies of the skeleton (see illustration) for each child. Cut out the head and pelvic region of each photocopy.
  2. Help the children glue the head and pelvic region onto construction paper in any color, trying to be anatomically correct.
  3. Ask the children to dip the cotton swabs into white glue and glue them onto the construction paper with the skeleton head and pelvis, making the bones of the body. Display a finished skeleton to help guide them, and help them as needed.
  4. As an extra counting exercise, write this sentence on the finished project: "I have 206 bones in my body, but this skeleton has ___ bones." Ask the children to count the cotton swabs on their pictures and write the number in the space provided.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Health/Body
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Individual Child

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