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Funnybones: Paper Skeleton Craft



Publisher: Puffin Books ISBN: 978-0140565812

Here's another fun craft to make with your little learners- a paper skeleton! This craft was inspired by reading the picture book Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
It's the original story from their classic picture book series. The story is about two silly skeletons (and their dog) who leave their dark, dark house and go on a scaring spree at night. But the skeletons encounter a difficulty - there's no-one awake to frighten! 

To make your own movable paper skeleton character, first download and print our free template. Then carefully cut around the skeleton parts and, to make your skeleton durable for play, glue these parts onto black card.

Trim around your bones again and you're ready to do some connecting with split pins! Place a ball of play clay under the black guidelines and pierce the card through with a skewer - this will make joining the parts together so much easier for little ones!  

If your children really like this skeleton story, you might also want to read The Ghost Train and Bumps in the Night by the same authors. (Allan Ahlberg and his wife Janet have had over 100 picture books published for children!) 


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Vanessa Candle

This is really interesting! Thank you!

Benjamin Boyd

Your blog is awesome! I get lost looking at the posts.

Chris Rahimi

Awesome idea for Halloween!

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