Halloween Kids’ Craft: Movable Skeleton

Easy DIY Kids' Craft

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The Occupational Therapist in me really came out on this craft. I just can’t help it sometimes. When I see clothespins, I always think of developing fine motor skills. And, for some reason, I also thought…”Hey, those clothespins would make great ribs!” I cannot explain why my mind works likes this (believe me, people have been trying to figure me out for years), but this time my strange thoughts lead to a really fun and interactive Halloween kids’ craft! I know that your kiddo will love it (and maybe even learn a little something along the way…just don’t tell them that).

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  • 9 paper plates (9 inch coated)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Metal brads (15)
  • Pencil
  • Black sharpie marker
  • Newspaper
  • 9 clothespins
  • White paint
  • Medium or small pompom

I truly believe that crafting together as a family has so many benefits…from helping your kids develop needed life skills to simply creating memories together. Have you ever noticed that kids get much chattier when their hands are busy (especially boys)? But I know that you are busy, and getting out a bunch of supplies just leaves a mess to clean up later. So, in an effort to make crafting with your kids more do-able, every project on this blog is made from the same list of craft supplies that can fit into one bag. Make up your craft kit using our free printable list (or Amazon links), and you will be good to go! (And did I mention that this a glitter-free zone? You’re welcome!)

Step 1

  • Lay out 8 of the clothespins on the newspaper
  • Pinch the pompom with the remaining clothespin to form a “paint brush”
  • Squeeze out some white paint onto the newspaper and one side of each of the clothespins
  • Allow the paint to dry

Clothespins are such a great way to practice fine motor coordination. Given their size and design, they almost force the user to use a mature pinch grasp to manipulate them. Plus they take a little bit of strength. The ribs can be placed and removed in repetition for lots of fine motor practice and finger strengthening.

Step 2

  • Print the pages below to get the skeleton pieces
  • Cut out each pattern piece
  • Trace the pieces onto the paper plates, making the number of pieces stated and arranging them on the plates to get the most pieces out of each plate as you can. For example, trace the sternum and neck on a single plate. Only use the flat part of the plate, not the edges.
  • *If you prefer and want to upgrade this craft, draw the bones freehand

Step 3

  • Cut out each piece
  • Add details using the black sharpie marker

Step 4

  • First, use the hole punch to make holes where the bones meet
  • Then, connect the pieces with brads at each joint
  • Last, add the clothespin ribs to the body as a finishing touch

Save this for later (Skeletons aren’t just for Halloween!) Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…

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