4 Skeletal System Projects for Kids

Kids will have fun learning about their skeletal system with these fun, hands on bones activities for kids.
4 SUPER FUN Skeletal System Projects for kids learning about spine, layers of bone, bones in the body, bones for kids, human body, skeletal system worksheets, fun science project, human body for kids, and more.

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Skeletal System

Human Spine

Before we built our human spine I tried to help them visualize two things:
  1. Without the cartilage disks our bones would get chipped (I demonstrated that by rubbing two rigatoni together and they were able to see the wear and tear on the "bone")
  2. Without 33 independent bones working together we couldn't bend and twist like we do (I put a sword down their back to be there solid bone vertebrae and they tried to do simple things like bend over - not so easy!!)

human spine science project for leanring about skeletal system

To help my kids understand what the spine looks like and how it functions we created this fun spine model:
  • pipe cleaner as the spinal cord
  • layers of rigatoni pasta as vertebrae (there should be 33 if you make it to scale)
  • in between each vertebrae we put a life saver gummy to represent the cartilage disks


Layers of Bone

To help the kids visualize all the different layers in our bones we made the cross section of a bone. Here is what we used:
  • red & blue pipe cleaners to represent blood vessels
  • red straw to put the pipe cleaners in to represent red bone marrow
  • yellow pool noodle to represent the spongy bone
  • Lego Duplo to represent the hard smooth compact bone (the part you actually see in a typical skeleton)
  • Gauze Wrap to represent the Periosteum (we drew blood vessels in the Periosteum with blue and red markers)

Skeletal System Printables

Skeletal System bookf or kids to learn about the human body in homeschool

To complete your unit on the skeletal system you will want to grab our FREE Skeletal System Printables to learn about not only the bones and joints, but fun and interesting facts too!

Skeletal System science project

Make learning about the bones that make up our skeletal system fun with this FREE Printable Life-size Human Body Project.
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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.