Living Things: Stick Skeletons

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Living Things: Stick Skeletons

This activity looks closely at how different skeletons are made up, encouraging your students to think about how various animals are able to move in different ways depending on their skeleton.

This activity works best in groups.

Give each child an animal card and ask them to create the skeleton for that animal using sticks. Get them to think carefully about how the animal moves. Once they have completed this and you have allowed for sufficient discussion with each other, and with an adult, give them the animal’s skeleton card and let them evaluate how they have done.

They can then take another animal to try. You’ll be amazed at the improvement of their skeletons over the course of just one lesson!


A complete sheet and skeleton sheet for each of the following:

  • Human
  • Fish
  • Frog
  • Snake
  • Elephant
  • Horse

Attached Files:

Teacher Guide.pdf
Complete Sheets.pdf
Skeleton Sheets.pdf


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