Whether your child is learning about animals or his own body, a study of bones is a good place to start. And you can find the supplies you need in your local grocery store – or your very own kitchen!
What You’ll Need
- Disposable Pan
- Whole Chicken from the Grocery Store
- Construction Paper
- Picture of a human skeleton
- Picture of a chicken’s skeleton
Before You Start
Cook the chicken and remove all the meat from the bones. After cleaning them, place them in a pan of water and add about ¼ cup of bleach. Allow them to soak overnight. Rinse them and set them out to dry for 24 hours.
Now that the bones are ready to use, have your child start by sorting them. Put the ones that are alike in groups.
Next, compare each group to those on the picture of a human skeleton. What chicken bones are similar to the human ones? What does the chicken use these for? Now compare the bones to those on the picture of a chicken skeleton. Were you right?
Have your child look at the bones again. Now have him feel his own bones in his legs, arms, feet, and back. Have him feel his ribs as well. Can he find the chicken bones that feel the same way?
Build a Chicken
Place the piece of construction paper on the table. Looking at the picture of the chicken skeleton, have him try to arrange the bones in the same way. Can he find where most of them go? Tape them to the paper.
Learn More, Try More
Does your child want to learn more about bones? Here are some books you can find online or at your local library:
- Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Steve Jenkins
- Bones: Our Skeletal System by Seymour Simon
- Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine
- Make Your Own Dinosaur Out of Chicken Bones: Foolproof Instructions for Budding Paleontologists by Christopher McGowan and Julian Mulock
- T-Rex to Go: Build Your Own from Chicken Bones: Foolproof Instructions for Buidding Paleontologists by Christopher McGowan
- Understanding Your Muscles and Bones: A Guide to What Keeps You Up and About by Rebecca Treays
What activities has your child enjoyed when learning about bones?
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