The shape of a cotton swab, or Q-tip, is similar to the shape of a human bone, such as a femur. So it wouldn't take a big stretch of the imagination to see how a handful of cotton swabs could be arranged to look like a skeleton. Add a few more basic supplies and you have an inexpensive craft project.
Things You'll Need
- Sheet of black construction paper
- Sheet of white construction paper
- Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
- Cotton balls
- Glow in the dark paint (optional)
Draw a skull on the white sheet of construction paper and cut it out. Younger children who can't draw a skull can draw a simple circle with a smiley face on it. Make the skull proportionate to the skeleton's body.
Glue the skeleton's skull on to the sheet of black construction paper about 2 to 3 inches from the top.
Lay the Q-tips out on the sheet of construction paper and outline the body of your skeleton with them. You can cut Q-tips into smaller pieces with scissors to use for smaller bones or joints. Give your skeleton arms, legs, a neck, ribs, feet and hands.
Glue each Q-tip into place once you know where you want it to go.
Tips & Warnings
- Sprinkle some glitter over the black construction paper to make your craft project sparkle.
- Paint each Q-tip with clear or white glow in the dark paint; this will make your skeleton show up at night.
- Use caution when cutting the Q-tips to avoid injury.
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