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We have been learning anatomy at our house lately. We learned about the skeletal system and decided to make a fun project related to it. We saved up our milk jugs and made an awesome milk jug skeleton. The fun part is that this milk jug skeleton can also double as a Halloween decoration!
The inspiration for this project came from the About Me preschool book that we reviewed a while back.
To make this milk jug skeleton, you need 8 or 9 clean milk jugs. You will need to draw out the pieces on your milk jugs using 1 for the skull, one for the torso, the bottom 1/3 of the jug for the hips, 8 limb bones using the side corners of three jugs, and the hands and feet using the sides of 2 jugs. the shoulders come from the handles of two of the jugs.
Terribly blurry picture, but I think you can get the idea…
I cut them with scissors, but a craft knife or blade might work a bit better if you have one. To assemble, hole punch the bones and tie them together with a little bit of string. To attach the hip bones to the torso, I cut four holes in matching locations on both of them and tied them together. The shoulders were hot glued onto the top of the torso. To attach the head to the torso, cut the top lip off of the opening of the torso jug. The head jug will fit into it nicely. Hot glue it to secure it tightly.
My little guy adores his skeleton buddy!
Want a few more fun things to use to study the human body? Here are some of our favorites!
The Rock N Learn Human Body DVD is so fun!
Me & My Amazing Body book
Cat in the Hat’s Inside Your Outside book
Skeleton video on YouTube from Make Me Genius
Also, be sure to check out our STEAM Kids Halloween book!