Our bones and skeletal system give our bodies their shape while offering support and protection to our organs. Making this a fun learning experience is simple with a little creativity. Below, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite skeletal system activities for kids that will help guide additional learning:
1.Got a Funny Bone?
Everyone does! Be a Dr. Bonyfide certified comedian by learning to make jokes and then practicing some usingskeletal system vocabulary.
One easy way to show off your comedy skills is by telling a one liner with a surprising ending, or a ‘punchline’. Another kind of joke is called a pun, also known as a play on words. A pun can use homophones - words that sound or look the same but mean different things.
Can you make a few jokes using the terms below? Practice a few with your friends and family!
Skeletal System Vocabulary Terms:
skeleton, upper extremities, shoulders, collar, rib cage, spine, lower extremities, pubic bones, head, bone
Example: How do skeletons like their pork chop cooked? BONE-in!
2. Shake a Leg, Don't Break It!
Human bones are one area of the body that reacts positively to “stress”! That’s because your bones are constantly remodeling to support you. When you use your bones to perform activities and exercise, you’re actually building the stronger bones necessary to do those movements. This is important so you don’t ever break a bone! Some important skeletal system learning activities that can also involve getting physical revolve around exercise!
Do you participate in any activities that place stress on your bones? What kind of training can you begin doing on a daily basis to maintain your bone strength and health? Try making a weekly calendar like the one below with your daily exercise goals and check them off after you complete them.
3. Skeletal Simulations
Our bones do a lot of work keeping us protected, letting us move and stand, and even releasing critical minerals back into the bloodstream when necessary. While the skeleton has served us well on its own, humans are creative - our species are known for building things, and adapting or enhancing the jobs our skeleton does are no exception.
Below are some pictures of parts of skeletons - can you think of an artificial, or man-made, invention that helps people reinforce, protect, or help out those bones?
Ex. Skull - Hard Hat
The bones in our legs (the femur, patella, tibia and fibula) allow us to stand and walk
This collection of 22 bones protects our brain and our face from damage
Running on two legs takes a lot of stability, and the hip bone holds the joints that give us that stability to let us move fast!
These curved bones not only protect many of your vital organs, they also help us breath and provide structure for our chest, shoulders and back.
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Whether you’re a homeschooling parent or you’re simply looking for supplemental educational materials for your kids to practice after school, we’ve got you covered. Know Yourself has a variety of skeletal system learning activities to choose from, including book sets and games. We even have a human skeleton model that can give your children a firsthand look at the human body and encourage a variety of different skeletal system learning activities.
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