Human anatomy can be a fascinating subject, and many children especially enjoy studying bones. A variety of Montessori-inspired skeleton activities can be used to create a multi-level skeleton unit for preschoolers on up.
October is a fun time to study skeletons. While it might be most logical to study the skeletal system as a part of a whole human anatomy unit, the weeks before Halloween add special interest to the study. Of course, a skeleton unit study is great at any time.
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Here are some wonderful Montessori-inspired skeleton printables and activities I found online:
Montessori-Inspired Human Skeleton Printables
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Little Hands Learn has a wonderful anatomy unit with some amazing skeleton activities! I made the large, connected skeleton with my 4-year-old grandson, Caleb. He was sooo excited! We spent about 1½ hours making the skeleton, reading about the skeleton, labeling the large skeleton with little labels and control chart from the Little Hands Learn Anatomy unit, playing fun skeleton songs, and having Caleb dance with the skeleton! It’s perfect for Halloween, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and an anatomy unit. Right now, it’s on the wall for our after-Halloween Halloween party with Caleb and my grandddaughters.
Here’s a sweet video of Caleb his second day with the skeleton:
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Free Human Skeleton 3-Part Cards and Book from Montessori Workjobs
Free Bones Printables from Spell Outloud
Montessori-Inspired Human Skeleton Activities
Added Printables and Activities: Free Skeleton Printables and Montessori Inspired Skeleton Activities (2015 post)
Hands-on Fun with Montessori-Inspired Human Skeleton Activities (2017 post)
Parts of a Skeleton and Sensory Tub – The Human Body from Counting Coconuts
Human Body: Learning about Bones (photo) and Human Body: Simple Model of a Backbone from Spell Outloud as well as Letter Xx is for X-Ray by Maureen from Spell Outloud at Totally Tots
Measuring a Growing Skeleton from Chasing Cheerios
Life-Sized Body Map Kid’s Art Project from Pink and Green Mama (Unfortunately, the blog is no longer available.)
X-Ray/Bone Craft from Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori
Skeleton Work from Montessori Journey
Skeleton Posts from The Home Teacher
Glow in the Dark Skeleton from Little Wonders’ Days (Blog is no longer available.)
Human Body Unit: Starting Off Again with the Skeleton, Human Body Unit: The Hand, and Human Body (Preschool Unit) – Bones/The Skeleton from The Homeschool Den
Human Anatomy – The Skeletal System, including pasta skeletons, from Mama of Many Blessings
Labeling a Skeleton from We Don’t Need No Education
Body Parts, Skeletal System, including Box of Bones Puzzle (online elementary activities that aren’t specifically Montessori but are very cool yet without pinnable images) from I. Science MaTe
Montessori-Inspired Animal Skeleton Activities
If you’re using a logical sequence, animal skeletons would be studied first, although you might want to just study human skeletons before Halloween.
Bone Unit and Skeleton Unit Lay Out for Parent Day from Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori
Piecing Together a Skeleton from We Don’t Need No Education
Vertebrate Materials available for purchase from Montessori Print Shop
Day of the Dead Skeleton Activities with Free Printable from Every Star Is Different (both human and animal skeletons)
Human Body and Kids’ Halloween Activities Pinterest Boards
You’ll find more human skeletal system activities of all kinds on my Human Body Pinterest Board as well as more Halloween skeleton activities on my Kids’ Halloween Activities Board.
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Great collection of activities! I’ll have to pick up some toy skeletons to use in our human-body unit while they are still in stores for Halloween.
Thanks, Lilac! Great idea to pick up some toy skeletons over Halloween … there’ll probably be some great prices on them soon, too! 🙂
Susana of Montessori Candy says
Wow! That glow in the dark skeleton is really cool!!!
Thanks for your comment, Susana! I think the glow in the dark skeleton is awesome, too … great for a number of ages! 🙂
Lisa Nolan says
Hey Deb! It just occurred to me to use #MontessoriMonday on G+! (I like using #KBN to find the kid activity bloggers, especially on G+ Thurdays! Painless and easy!) Maybe you could suggest using #MontessoriMonday on G+ (maybe Twitter, too?) for your link up! Just a thought!
P.S. LOVE ALL THE HALLOWEEN SKELETONS! They are so Montessori-friendly! I can’t wait until my son’s ready for bones (last year he was into pirates, this Halloween it’s cats).
Thanks so much, Lisa! That’s brilliant about the #MontessoriMonday hashtag! I just added it on Google+ and Twitter. I think I’ll mention it on Facebook, too! 🙂
Discovering Montessori says
This is a great post full of lot of activities! Thank you for including a link to us. Have a great week!! Thank you for sharing.
Thanks so much! It’s always my pleasure to link to your wonderful posts. I hope you’ve had a great week, too! 🙂
This is perfect! I’m doing the skeletal system next with my older children. These would be perfect for them and also for my younger ones to join in. Thank you!
Thanks, Claire! I’m glad I could help! 🙂
Still love the pasta skeleton!
Thanks for your comment, Ashley! I really love that idea, too! 🙂
This is an AMAZING round-up! So many way clever and creative ideas here! I am coming back when we do our body unit!!!! I shared this with my readers on Facebook.
thanks again for linking up to TGIF. I always enjoy seeing your round-ups!!
Thanks so much for your kind comment, Beth … and thanks for sharing my roundup post! 🙂
That wooden skeleton is so cool!
Thanks for your comment, MaryAnne … I totally agree! 🙂
Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I am going to add your Montessori Monday to the blog hop directory on “Look! What We Did!” Please let me know if you have a problem with that. Thanks…it is a joy to be on your site, as always.
Thanks so much, Savannah! That would be great! 🙂
The Iowa Farmers Wife says
Love all these ideas! We are doing letter X this week so I’m really excited about using some of these! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase!
Thanks so much! Skeleton activities are fun for the letter X! 🙂
What a fantastic unit and resource links that you have put together! I love the parts of a skeleton using pasta and the glow in the dark skeleton. The animal skeleton activities are wonderful and I will be pinning this page to come back to later! Thank you for linking up to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!
Thanks so much, Jill! I appreciate your pinning my post … and thanks for hosting Enchanted Thursdays! 🙂
I love the pasta skeleton. I’m pinning this one.
We had a fantastic time making using the above links. Thanks so much for taking the time and effort everyone!