Mix a little body science with your easy Halloween crafts for kids with this Pasta Skeleton project. Craft sticks provide a much needed sturdy base and an all natural wood look too.
The idea of making a pasta skeleton has been around for awhile, and it’s easy to see why. The uncooked pasta does have the look and color of bones, so it makes for a fun and inexpensive craft project. On top of that, there’s a chance to learn a bit about the skeletal system with this fun pasta craft project.
As an art teacher with a design background though, the notion of making these skeletons on regular paper just left me feeling kind of “meh”. The paper always wrinkled, and the glue would run and leave streaks. And that didn’t cover how hard it is to move a floppy piece of paper around.
My solution? Panels made from craft sticks. They had a better (tall) proportion, didn’t wrinkle, and kept a kind of stylish eco-friendly look. Plus, everyone knows how cheap and plentiful they are.
Years of trying this with all levels of elementary students taught me a few things about this Halloween craft for kids, which I am happy to share below.
Tips for Making your Best Pasta Skeleton
- Students can make their own boards. They can count out their needed sticks and then taping them together with masking tape on the back. After the glue is dried, the boards are sturdy and ready for display.
- Craft glue is essential. It really helps things dry quickly and stay in place. I bought large bottles and kept small amounts in little plastic souffle cups with lids. Extra craft sticks were good for spreading it around.
- This doesn’t have to be a kinder of first grade project. Older students (3rd through 5th grade) will be able to add much more detail (see the photo below).
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Pasta Skeleton with Extra Detail
Materials to Make a Pasta Skeleton
• Craft glue (it dries SO much faster than Elmers)
• Standard craft sticks (20 per student) or Jumbo craft sticks (4 per student)
• Masking tape
• Pasta: Macaroni, spaghetti, shells and twists
• Skeleton System for reference: Here’s one I found.
Directions to Make a Pasta Skeleton
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Make a Pasta Skeleton
- Align about 20 craft sticks and tape together with masking tape on the back.
- Glue the head, spine and shoulders with craft glue.
- Add curly ribs and shell hips to the spine.
- Use straight strips of pasta for the arms, fingers, legs and the feet.
Let the pasta dry on a flat surface overnight.