We finished up our study of bones with some really fun activities. They’re a rather confused mish mash of activities, but overall I think they helped the kids understand what we talked about.
First we learned about joints using the chicken we were about to mummify. The kids each took a turn identifying a ball and socket joint and a hinge joint. They really enjoyed moving the chicken parts around. Later on I called out different joints and had them figure out what type it is. They thought that was another fun way to learn also.
Expect to get some videos of the kids identifying different joints and such when I put together my mummification post. Right now the chicken mummy is sitting in a bag and slowly dehydrating.
Next we went through and put together a paper skeleton (the ones we used I found among my files from teaching, here’s a similar skeleton printable I found). I had originally thought they’d glue it onto black paper for a cool effect, but the kids all took one look at it, and dragged out the brads, and put together their very own skeleton puppet. I had to rather laugh because I’d nearly printed it on cardstock so they could do that, but thought, “No, they’ll like this version.” Shows what I know.
Finally we played a game I’ve been hiding for 3 years (we played it once when the boys were in kinder, but a piece broke and I never opened the replacement copy): Skeletons In The Closet Game. Can I just say it was a huge hit! I love that it has several ways to play.
The variation we played was just an identifying game. They spun it, and had to correctly name the piece, then find it amongst the skeleton pieces.
Eventually you will spin a bone you already have, so then you draw a card which has various results, which my kids thought were fun. One of the variations you can play you earn pieces by answering T/F questions. I think we might try that next time.
I’m looking forward to pulling “Skeletons in My Closet” out again in a few weeks when we haven’t just been studying skeletons to see how much they remember.
Let’s see what others did this week: Each week I’m spotlighting a few posts that were shared previously. Many posts get linked up later in the week and they don’t always get as many clicks as they deserve, so I’m trying to spotlight a few every week.
4 Kids, 2 Guinea Pigs, One Happy Family shared a great Fall activities post, with lots of hands on ideas, art projects, and a great science lesson.
Does anyone else feel like they find the great activities after they’ve studied a subject? The TIger Chronicle shared some great ideas for river dwellers, and I LOVE them!
Connect the Dots shared a great rain forest terrarium. She provides some great examples of questions to ask your kids to keep them engaged.
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