This spooky skeleton bones visual activity for kids is the perfect way to challenge visual skills during the Halloween season and beyond!
Having a strong visual system is important for many aspects of child development from the obvious – reading, to the not so obvious – balance. Most children develop a strong visual system through engaging in activities that allow for visual exploration through play!
Throughout the years we have shared a lot of visual motor activities using toys like the Wikki Stix we used in these Valentine’s Day Visual Motor Activities or even just simple glue like we showed you in our Visual Motor Quick Tip.
Visual motor activities don’t have to be complicated but they do have to be fun if you want to hold a child’s interest and keep things fresh! So, in the spirit of Halloween, we have put a twist on the popular colored popsicle stick matching game that is often found in toddler busy bags. We think it is pretty spook-tacular to try to match these colorful skeleton bone designs!
What you’ll need
-The free skeleton bones printable
-colored craft sticks in corresponding colors
What to do
Cut the printable pages into individual cards. Laminate them if you choose or, if you are thrifty like us, put them each in a sandwich bag. Give your child the cards and a stack of colored popsicle sticks. Instruct her to lay the same colored popsicle stick over the matching bone. Some are more difficult than others! How many designs can she replicate without needing your help?
How to change it up
-Set a timer and make it a game of speed to complete all of the cards in the fastest time
-If a stack of popsicle sticks is too overwhelming, give her only the sticks that go with each card and let the challenge be just to lay them correctly.
-Add in some gross motor fun! Place the sticks around the room and make her really work to go get them (skip, hop, jump, walk backwards…)
-Let her make up her own patterns and then draw her own “bones” to match. She will get a kick out of watching you try to play the game.
For Virtual Sessions
Share the link for kids pull up the interactive Google Slides to complete the visual activity on screen. Have them use the screenshare feature so you can provide verbal cues and assess their ability to complete the visual task.
Click here to create a copy of the Google Slides for yourself!
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So simple and so good! Reminds me of a skeleton game we played with our daughter a couple of months ago. We printed out templates of a skeleton such that it had a set of 6 pieces for each player – skull, rib cage, 2 arms and 2 legs. Each is assigned a number from 1-6. Then each player playing rolls the dice and collects the piece for that corresponding number. Whoever is lucky enough to complete a skeleton first wins.
Thanks for sharing. This is definitely more hands-on.