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The human skeleton


The human skeleton

What to do with this activity?

Does your child know that all humans (and most animals) have a skeleton that supports their bodies?  Without a skeleton we wouldn't be able to stand or move. An adult human has over 200 different bones, but a child has even more! Have fun learning the names of just some of the bones, and get your child to find those bones by pointing them out on their own body. 

Here's an online game from Sheppard Software that will give your child a bit of practice with the names of important bones. Learn some interesting facts about skeletons and bones on the Science Kids website. 

For a fun way to remember the names of the bones and where they are, sing along with this version of Dem Dry Bones and touch each bone in turn, from foot to head.



  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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