Sketch a Skeleton

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In this activity (on pages 15-18 of PDF), learners make a life-size two-dimensional paper model of their own skeletons. They trace a partner onto a large piece of butcher paper, and then the partner returns the favor. Next, they draw in all the major bones of the body. Finally, they cut out the different bones so the skeleton becomes a puzzle.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Books of the human skeletal system
  • X-rays if available
  • Butcher paper
  • Crayons, markers, etc.
  • Scissors


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Skeleton

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon