Creating skeletons from pasta is a fun way to mix art with science.



  • Craft sticks, 24 per student
  • Glue (Craft glue is recommended)
  • Pasta: Macaroni, spaghetti, shells and twists



  1. To make a sturdy pallet, the students arranged 20 popsicle sticks horizontally and secured them with 4 sticks glued vertically to the back.
  2. A variety of pasta shapes were needed. I started by briefing the students with a simple sketch illustrating the proportions and the placement of shoulders, hips and joints.
  3. Using white glue, they started by placing the head, spine, ribs and hips. They then added the shoulders, arms, legs, hands and feet and let dry until the glue turned clear.