It’s Skeleton Season!  I mean… it’s Halloween Season!  But you know how ubiquitous skeletons are around Halloween so it might as well be skeleton season! This is a great time of year to have a skeleton theme for your preschoolers. They see skeletons all around them and may be wondering what exactly they are.

What a fun song to learn about the different bones in the human body!  If you can find some skeleton costumes in stores these days, or even a skeleton shirt, this would be a great dance to do together for a class Halloween party! Or better yet, make your own costume like this one from B-Inspired Mama: DIY Skeleton Family Halloween

If you’re learning about the human body more generally, you will really love these resources from Welcome to Mommyhood: All about Human Body Systems.

You may also want to add these festive Dia de los Muertos themed skeleton rhyming match up cards to your literacy centers. Available from the Preschool Activities Nook.

Check out some of these fun hands-on activities to include in your skeleton theme or bones unit:

Chalk Skeleton Craft | Fantastic Fun and Learning – Crafting is always a fun activity to explore with little ones, and this chalk skeleton art project is sure to leave smiles on their faces.

Milk Jug Skeleton | Teach Beside Me – Help your little ones learn how to recycle junk into art while having fun with Halloween skeletons at the same time.

Books About Skeletons | Fantastic Fun and Learning – Cuddle up with a great book about skeletons and enjoy a fun story with your little ones. The books on this curated list share fun facts about our bones and Halloween that future readers are sure to enjoy.

We love this adorable skeleton craft from Mrs. Plemons’ Kindergarten!

Around Halloween it is so easy to find model skeletons everywhere.  Pick one up and label the major bones in the human body (and don’t forget to sing the song above while you’re doing it!)

Or maybe you’d prefer to make a skeleton with loose parts or objects collected during a nature walk!

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Montessori Inspired Skeleton Activities | Living Montessori Now –  Here are some great bones and anatomy learning activities designed to help preschoolers learn more about the skeleton.

We love this fun way of mapping your bones from MOMtessori Life!  See more of their skeleton adventures here.

More Ideas for a Skeleton and Halloween Unit

Candy Corn Discovery Bottle | Preschool Inspirations – Make a candy corn discovery bottle and fill it with tiny skeleton candies, erasers, or plastic toys. The Halloween preschool activity will foster some great learning through play experience for young children.

Halloween Board Books | Fun With Mama – Check out these colorful and engaging board books designed to share the fun of Halloween with toddlers and preschool age children.

Halloween Counting Books | Sunny Day Family – Skeletons, spiders, and bats…oh my. These Halloween counting activities will help little ones hone their early math skills and have a ton of fun at the same time.

Halloween Slime | The Best Ideas For Kids – This not-so-messy craft will keep your preschool (and even older children) busy for hours after the create their masterpiece. The skeleton, pumpkin, and monster slime would make a great addition to any sensory bin.


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