Skeleton Craft for Toddlers using a Cardboard Tube

This Skeleton Craft for Toddlers was a hit with my kiddos! We had so much fun making it together and singing Dem Bones! We got to learn about our bones too!

After reading Room on the Broom last week, my son has been really excited about Halloween stuff. He has been asking to hear Halloween songs and do more Halloween crafts. So, we did just that! We planned a little bit of crafts to do for the week. So, I hope to share them with you to do with your kiddos.

I asked him this morning what kind of Halloween crafts he would like to make. He said, “Skeletons! Bats! Ghosts!” He was super excited about it.

So, today we made a skeleton craft and wanted to share it with you.

You just need a little bit of supplies. Hopefully you have them laying around the house.

This Skeleton Craft for Toddlers was a hit with my kiddos! We had so much fun making it together and singing Dem Bones! We got to learn about our bones too!

Skeleton Craft for Toddlers – Materials

  • cardboard tube
  • a small rectangle of cardboard (I used part of a cracker box)
  • white acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • white paper fasteners
  • hole punch (optional)
  • black permanent marker

Skeleton Craft for Toddlers – Instructions

Step One. Set up your paint station for your kiddos. Have them wear aprons or their painting clothes.

Step Two. Have your kiddos paint the cardboard tube and cardboard rectangle. Let them dry or blow dry them dry.

Paint Station for Toddlers

Step Three. Flatten the cardboard tube and draw an outline of a skeleton. Cut it out.

Outline Skeleton - Skeleton Craft for Toddlers

Step Four. Draw a skeleton face with the marker and outline the bones.

Skeleton Face - Skeleton Craft for Toddlers

Step Five. Draw legs and arms on the cardboard rectangle. Outline them with the marker. Cut them out.

arms and legs - skeleton craft for toddlers

Step Six. Fasten the arms onto the skeleton. I had to use a hole punch because my fasteners wouldn’t push through.

Step Seven. Fasten the “thigh bone” onto the skeleton. Fold the ends slightly so it looks like it’s sitting.

Step Eight. Fasten the “leg bone” onto the thigh bone. You now have a sitting skeleton!

Skeleton Craft for Toddlers

I was so happy we got to make this craft together. It really made my kiddos feel special! Once it was complete, we listened to a couple of skeleton songs on YouTube.

This song got us talking about the bones in our body. We played this song more than once. The first time, my son shook the skeleton craft during the song. The second time, we stood up and pointed to where our bones would be and we wiggled around. It was fun and educational! Mom win!

This one was just fun to dance to while holding the skeleton craft! I really hope you have some skeleton fun with your kiddos!

We are keeping Mr. Bones on our mantel when we aren’t playing with him. Hehe. My son named him.


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