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Gross Anatomy was my favorite subject.

by Holly

In fact, I loved it so much that I spent an entire summer in a gross anatomy lab and then the following summer teaching that lab.

I loved finding familiar structures and the detective work required to identify anomalies {something unexpected or unusual}.

Halloween is the perfect time to start identifying bones with your kids. The cool thing is that most Halloween skeletons are simplified versions of the real thing. I suspect fitting 214 bones into a holiday decoration might be a little difficult!

We have a fun bone identification printable that you can download and use.


This simple skeleton was based on a favorite Halloween costume {more on that in a minute} and can be used as an activity sheet to learn 9 basic bone names that are commonly on decorative skeletons: clavicle, cranium, femur, humerus, pelvis, ribs, tibia, ulna, and vertebrae. Don’t worry, page 2 is a key just in case you can’t remember which are which!

Download and print the free human anatomy activity sheet for kids: Skeleton Bones Identification Printable – Kids Activities Blog

The third and fourth pages of the skeleton bones printable set are tags that you can cut out and use to label a costume or a skeleton!

Start by learning the bones that are on the skeleton and then start learning the ones that were left out. Once you are familiar with the basic skeleton, it is fun to see all the variations you can identify through the Halloween season.

This Halloween you can be scary smart when it comes to bones!