Spooky Skeleton Crafts
Spooky Skeleton Crafts for Kids
Spooky skeletons are probably one of the first things that pop into your mind when you think of Halloween. And making skeleton crafts is a great way to create a spooky Halloween atmosphere in your home, or in your classroom (I'm a mom and a teacher, so I think of both).
Why not get an entire theme going? Read a skeleton book with your kids and then do an inspired skeleton craft. Add to the skeleton theme with other Halloween symbols like spiders, ghosts, witches and bats. Add pumpkin play dough for a cool sensory experience . . . or try fake snot Gak for something gross! You can even burn a pumpkin scented candle for an adult addition to the atmosphere.
Now, on to the skeleton crafts . . .
Some of the ideas here are ones I used myself in my classroom. Others I've accessed from other sources and those sources are cited in the text. I've highlighted several crafts here and linked to other ones like a milk jug skeleton craft and a paper chain skeleton craft.
No matter what you're looking for, you'll be able to find it here!
The craft photos are mine.
The intro photo is from Weird Duck on Photobucket.
The skeleton photo in the fact boxes is from kaddyface on Photobucket.
Spooky Skeleton Books
Skeleton Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Skeleton
The skeleton in the picture is a project that I did with one of my Kindergarten students in 2004. He was extremely interested in the human body - - skeletons, human body puzzles, the workings of everything. It was quite amazing, really. So, when the kids chose projects, he chose this WAY-bigger-than-life-sized toilet paper roll skeleton. It was such a blast to create with him!
What You'll Need:
- Approximately 68 toilet paper rolls for each one - we did 24 ribs (12 pairs) and 26 vertebrae (24 plus the sacrum and the coccyx) (ask parents at the beginning of the year to save up things like toilet paper rolls and other recyclables and donate them to the class)
- 4 paper towel rolls
- White construction paper to make the skull
- A black marker to draw the face
- Brown butcher paper, or whatever long, heavy paper you have
- A book that shows an illustration of a skeleton that the student can use as a model, or an actual skeleton model
- Draw a skull outline on a sheet of white construction paper.
- Draw a face inside the skull shape.
- Cut out the skull shape.
- Draw lines for fingers on 10 toilet rolls and lines for toes on 10 more toilet rolls.
- Choose about 7 toilet rolls and cut each of them into about 4 pieces (rings) for vertebrae.
- Cut a length of butcher paper, about 8-10 feet long.
- Place your pieces on the butcher paper, starting at the top, and gluing the parts as you go.
- Hang the skeleton on the wall!
Did you know . . . there are 206 bones in the human body?
Skeleton Crafts: Cotton Swab Skeleton
This is another one of the skeleton crafts I did with my Kindergarten class in 2004. It's really simple.
What You'll Need:
- At least one sheet of black construction paper for each child
- White chalk or white crayons for drawing the skull
- Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
- Use something as a model; introduce the concept and the craft by reading a book, or looking at pictures, or watching a movie, etc.
- Draw a skull on the black construction paper with the white crayon or white chalk.
- Glue on cotton swabs to form the bones of the skeleton.
- If you want, you can cut the cotton swabs to create more detail (e.g. fingers, toes, smaller bones).
Spooky Skeleton Games
Skeletons are a popular symbol for Halloween because they represent death. Actually, according to Wikipedia, on All Hallows Eve, "the ancient Celts would place a skeleton on their window sill to represent the departed."
Skeleton Crafts: Pasta Skeleton
This is a really cute skeleton craft and it's easy and fun for the kids. Some people don't like to use food for crafts . . . I actually don't like to do that very often either. But it's here if you'd like to try it.
What You'll Need:
- Different types of pasta (choose shapes that are appropriate for different shapes of bones e.g. penne for legs, spaghetti for fingers, macaroni for ribs)
- Black construction paper (at least one sheet per child)
- White chalk or white crayon
- If you choose, draw a skeleton on the black construction paper with white chalk or a white crayon.
- Arrange pasta on the construction paper (this can be done with or without the white skeleton drawing).
- Glue the pasta on once you've arranged things on the paper the way you want it.
Did you know . . . almost half of our bones are in our hands and feet?
The Skeleton Dance
Skeleton Crafts: Paper Skeleton Mobile
A skeleton mobile is almost a must-have in your Halloween decorations - - kind of an old stand-by. So, here's how you can make one easily:
What You'll Need:
- 1 set of skeleton template pages for each child (print 2 each of the legs, arms, hands and feet)
- Hole punch
- Brass fasteners
- Print the template pages.
- Glue them on card stock, or heavy paper.
- Cut out the parts.
- Punch holes in the joints and at the top of the head.
- Connect the bones at the joints with brass fasteners.
- Fasten string to the top of the head.
Halloween has a fascinating history. Learn about the history of Halloween and more about Halloween.
Did you know . . . babies have more bones than an adult!? Honest. Check it out.
Other Spooktacular Stuff
Have you ever wondered why the colors orange and black are used to represent Halloween? Orange is used because it illustrates the harvest. Black is used because it symbolizes death. Get even more cool facts about Halloween here.