Halloween: Cottonswab Skeleton

 

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October is here and it is not only Madelines birthday month but also the month of one of our favorite holidays-Halloween! Create these cute cotton swab skeletons for a fun and minimal supply decoration children of all ages will enjoy.

Craft/Activity/Snack: Cotton Swab Skeleton
Objective: Create dancing skeletons using glue and cotton swabs
Skills Utilized: following directions, identifying objects from small, medium, big, fine motor
Suggested Reading: Halloween Hustle By Charlotte Gunnufson
Materials:  glue, a “skeleton face” cut out, 3 cotton swabs, 6 cotton swabs cut in half (12 halves), 1 cotton swab tips cut off (so 2 small pieces), optional: bow

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First, I put the glue down to create the main part of the skeleton. You could certainly make this a process oriented skeleton by allowing your child to glue the swabs however they’d like, however for this particular craft, I wanted Maddy to follow specific instructions to create the dancing skeleton.

Next, I instructed Maddy to find a big cotton swab to put in the center glue line.

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She was already digging this project.

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Next, I asked her if she could find the medium size cotton swabs. She first reached for the smallest but I asked If there were any that were bigger than those, but smaller than the big one we just glued down. These further instructions helped and she was on it!

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Next we did the legs, so she had to find the big swabs. She incorporated counting as she glued down each leg- “1 little leg…2 little legs..”

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She asked to do the head and the bow next so that is what we did.

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Now do the monster boogie, the monster boogie ’round the room!!

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Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:

  1. Watch and dance to The Skeleton Dance !
  2. Add in some science and read The Skeleton Book by Robert Winston to learn about bones.

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