Halloween is practically here. My kids are getting into the spirit thanks to the haunting movies playing on nearly every channel. So I decided to keep that excitement going with a Halloween Kids Craft. I went to Pinterest and search “Kids Halloween Craft” in the search box and saw this really cool skeleton bones craft made from paper plates. My kids are 3 and 5 so this seemed very age appropriate.
The pin didn’t actually lead me to the site so I had to do a Google search for the instructions. The paper plate craft was posted over on Pickup Some Creativity. To my surprise she not only gave a play by play of her child making his own skeleton bones craft but also a free pattern to trace out the shapes as needed!
What you need for the Skeleton Bones Kids Craft:
Paper Plates- the cheap kind with the fluted edges would work best.
Tools: Pencil, Marker, Scissors and a hole punch.
String- I used yarn.
What to Do:
Play ‘Dem Bones’ off YouTube to
really get into the mood.
Visit Pickup Some Creativity to print off her templates
Cut the templates out, trace onto the paper plates and cut the plates out.
Punch holes into the coordinated spaces indicated by the template.
Tie them all together- use the picture as your guide.
Let your kid’s trace their hands and feet and draw a skeleton face.
My Experience with this Halloween Kids Craft
I had smaller paper plates and therefore the templates were too large. I could have printed them off on a smaller scale but honestly it was taking me too long to figure out how to set my printer settings to how I needed. So, I free-handed mine and it turned out really well. I also went ahead and traced/cut all the bones before the kids got involved to help keep things from taking too long and them losing their attention.
The craft was super great for helping my young kids develop their hand-eye coordination as they threaded the yarn through each hole. I did end up tying each off myself.
I am thinking of doing this again and instead of tying the bones together, I might connect them with those little prong thingies that allow you to turn the bones and situate how you want. Do you know what those little things are called? I cannot remember!