Human Body: Skeleton

My four year old is a very scientific little girl who is extremely interested in learning about the human body. We just started a fun little mini unit on the body- so prepare yourself for A LOT of posts on this subject!
You can’t talk about the human body without talking about the skeleton. I mean, without it we would be a lump of squishy organs and skin! Ha! To get us ready for our skeleton learning journey I decided to make a child-size paper body chart.

At first I had great intentions of making separate body charts for each of the different systems- muscles, nervous, circulatory, digestive, etc BUT I decided as we learned about each system we would add it to just one paper body.
To make the paper body I traced my daughter on brown packing paper (thank you Amazon for shipping your products with SO much extra paper!!)
I searched online for a human skeleton cut out and was so thrilled to find this child-size skeleton printout. I had to make some adjustments- my daughter isn’t quite that tall yet, so I shrunk the size a bit before printing. Due to size issues, I also had to add a different pelvic bone (found here), ribs (found here), and I ended up drawing a skull.

Skull opens to make room for the brain
Ribs open to make room for some internal organs

The ribs are cut open so I can insert different organs as we learn about them, and the skull is actually two papers taped together at the top so I can put the brain inside. I am super excited about how this project is turning out! We will be adding to this paper body as we learn about different organs and systems.

Putting the skeleton together was a family event- Boo is happily stirring juice while intently staring at the bones as we talk about them. And FYI: gluing bones on a body outline that is not a perfect match is tricky! 

We watched a School House Rock video on the skeleton, talked about calcium, and I printed out some X-Ray cards found at Chasing Marcus. We tried watching the Once Upon a Time series on the skeleton– not my favorite, but someone out there in the blogosphere might enjoy watching it.

Boo watching skeleton movies online–don’t look too closely at my super messy desk!

For more skeleton fun- check out my blog post on skeletons– it is definitely Halloween-ish, but it can be educational! There is also a post on a glow-in-the dark skeleton game that was lots of fun.

Next post will be about the human brain!
Happy Teaching!

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5 thoughts on “Human Body: Skeleton

  1. Becky

    Hey, Keri! We met at Ava’s party. Deb told me about your body unit and it is amazing!!! My daughter has a late bday and, even though she’s so ready for kindergarten, can’t go yet. Lame. I’ve started supplementing preschool with small lessons at home but feel like I am barely skimming the surface of subjects. Just yesterday she was asking questions about digestion and I wasn’t sure of all the details. This is such an awesome idea. I’m doing it for sure! We should get together and play! Visit my blog at!

  2. Becky

    Hey, Keri! We met at Ava’s party. Deb told me about your awesome body unit. It is sooo cool and my daughter would die to do this with me. Even though she’s ready for kindergarten, she has a late bday and can’t go for another year. Lame. So, in addition to preschool, I have been doing mini lessons at home. Just yesterday she was asking about the digestive system and I tried to answer her questions the best I could but I feel like I am barely skimming the surface! I am going to do this for sure! Let’s get together and play! Deb’s got my number. Visit me at!

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