QTip Skeleton craft

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Your child will love making this QTip skeleton Craft and Learning about the Skeletal system. This cotton swab skeleton craft is so simple to put together and a great activity to do during Halloween. 

qtip skeleton craft

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How to make a QTip Skeleton Craft?

Making a Skeleton with Qtips is a very easy and fun activity for Preschoolers. This blog has a video tutorial, Step by step instructions with pictures to make a Skeleton with Q- Tips.

I have also included some facts about bones that will help you to teach the skeletal system.

(We did not use any Printable Skull templates in this craft, but I have added a Free skull template at the end of the post, so you can avoid the drawing part)

Things you will need to make a Skeleton: 

  1. Dark and Thick Cardstock (Preferably black
  2. White Paper (to draw a skull)
  3. White glue
  4. 13 Q-Tips
  5. Black marker – I always prefer Sharpie

A quick video to show how to make


Begin by Breaking eight Qtips into halves. Some Q tips need to be trimmed shorter for proportions. 

First, start with the spine. Dip the Qtip in glue and place it in the centre, leaving a space above for the skull.

Do not apply glue on the paper to stick the Qtips.  Instead, dip the edges of the Qtip on the white glue and place it on the paper. This keeps the paper mess-free and clean.

Next, Leave a little space for the neck and add half q tips on either side of the spine. 

Trim the Q tip shorter and add the hip bones. 

For legs, we used full Qtips and half Qtip for the foot bones. You can play around with the orientation of the leg bones and the hand bones. 

Next, you can add the skull. Either Draw a Skull with a black marker or print out our free template and cut it out. 

Finally, add the hands with four Half Q-Tips. It is done! 

To make the Skeleton craft adorable, we have added a Hat, as in the book Funnybones

Teach the Skeletal system with this Q-Tip craft

You can teach the names of a few Important bones like skull, spine, ribs etc. We learned 6 Bone names using small handwritten Name cards. 

Human skeletal bones facts for kids: 

Fun facts make learning enjoyable, especially with a cute Q-tip skeleton craft like this. 

  1. Babies are born with more than 300 bones, but while growing, many bones fuse together. Thus, The human adult skeleton has only 206 -213 bones. 
  2. Bones are filled with a spongy substance known as Bone marrow.
  3. The smallest bone in the body is in our ear, known as a stirrup. 
  4. The femur, the leg bone, is the longest bone in our body. 
  5. The Hyoid bone in the throat is the only bone not connected to any other bones. 
  6. Our Knee is the largest joint in our body. 

skeletal system QTip Skeleton craft

Two books, that I recommend for the Anatomy study unit are Human Body by DK and Usbourne’s look inside your body. Click on the image to get the book.


Download the Free Skull Template here

Just click on the button below to download a Skull Cut out Template. Print and cut the Skull out and make the Skeleton craft with your preschooler.

Did you Like this Bones Craft? Pin the Qtip Skeleton craft on your child’s learning board for later.

qtip skeleton craft for kids

If you are looking for another fun Activity with Qtips, Check this Q-Tip Painting 

 Halloween Preschool Printables

Human Body Preschool Activities

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