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Q-Tip Skeleton Craft with Easy Play Dough Recipe - 7 Days of Play

Q-Tip Skeleton Craft with Easy Play Dough Recipe

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This Q-Tip skeleton craft is where sensory play and anatomy collide! Cotton swab bones and DIY black play dough combine to look like x-rays! Keep on reading for the simple recipe!

Where Sensory Play Meets Q-Tip Skeleton Craft

Making and playing with play dough is such a fun sensory activity in and of itself! Adding cookie cutters shaped like people or animals along with Q-Tips as bones is a fun way to make mini x-rays and spark conversations all about skeletal systems!

It is never too early to start learning about our bodies and bones, and this is a fun hands on way to do it! Plus, definitely download our free printable worksheets all about the Systems of the Human Body. It has a skeletal system page that will allow kids to discover and better visualize how the bones look inside our bodies!  

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How to Make Black Play Dough for This Q-Tip Skeleton Craft 

In this video you’ll see how to make this easy play dough. It takes all of 10 minutes to make and pairs perfectly with this Q-Tip skeleton craft!

You can easily use this recipe to make play dough in any color you like!

Stretch it, mold it, pull it, push it – play dough is an amazing tool to strengthen fine motor skills at the youngest of ages! 

How to Make Black Play Dough for This Q-Tip Skeleton Craft 

In this video you’ll see how to make this easy play dough. It takes all of 10 minutes to make and pairs perfectly with this Q-Tip skeleton craft!

You can easily use this recipe to make play dough in any color you like!

Stretch it, mold it, pull it, push it – play dough is an amazing tool to strengthen fine motor skills at the youngest of ages! 

Invitation to Create a Skeleton

We love setting up trays that organize all the materials in different sections! This truly invites them to participate without getting overwhelmed and to explore with full understanding of what items they have to work with.

You can grab a tray like the one pictured sometimes at Dollar Tree, or one of our favorites has removable sections!

Make sure to cut up the Q-Tips into varying lengths – small, medium, large, and just the cotton ends too! Just like the bones inside bodies, there should be a lot of variety! Plus, throw in some googly eyes to make your mini skeletons come to life!

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Invitation to Create a Skeleton

We love setting up trays that organize all the materials in different sections! This truly invites them to participate without getting overwhelmed and to explore with full understanding of what items they have to work with.

You can grab a tray like the one pictured sometimes at Dollar Tree, or one of our favorites has removable sections!

Make sure to cut up the Q-Tips into varying lengths – small, medium, large, and just the cotton ends too! Just like the bones inside bodies, there should be a lot of variety! Plus, throw in some googly eyes to make your mini skeletons come to life!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Mix together all of the ingredients into a bowl except the water and food coloring.

Step 2

Add black food coloring to water and boil.

 

Step 3

Wear gloves and mix the *very hot* water into the play dough mixture by hand to make sure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly.

Step 4

Provide Q-Tips, cookie cutters, and googley eyes to complete the invitation to create skeletons!

Step 1

Mix together all of the ingredients into a bowl but don’t add in the water.

Step 2

Add black food coloring to water and boil.

Step 3

Wear gloves and mix the *very hot* water into the play dough mixture by hand to make sure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly.

Step 4

Provide Q-Tips, cookie cutters, and googley eyes to complete the invitation to create skeletons!

More Ways to Explore Skeletons with Q-Tips!

If your kiddo is interested in the skeletal system, you have to try our free printable cotton swab skeleton puzzles!

This printable skeleton activity includes 6 different skeleton puzzles that use cotton swabs for the puzzle pieces! From a human skeleton, to a fish, dog, cat, bird, and snake – this is a great way to introduce skeleton systems! Plus, it’s definitely a fun one for Halloween time!

Speaking of Halloween, don’t miss our printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities which is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

More Ways to Explore Skeletons with Q-Tips!

If your kiddo is interested in the skeletal system, you have to try our free printable cotton swab skeleton puzzles!

This printable skeleton activity includes 6 different skeleton puzzles that use cotton swabs for the puzzle pieces! From a human skeleton, to a fish, dog, cat, bird, and snake – this is a great way to introduce skeleton systems! Plus, it’s definitely a fun one for Halloween time!

Speaking of Halloween, don’t miss our printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities which is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

More Ways to Learn About the Human Body

Here are my top picks for toys that are all about the body, anatomy and human biology!

Organ Apron

Here is a life-size puzzle you can wear and learn all about anatomy! The set includes removable organs and an apron!

Human Body System Set

These magnetic pieces are a 3D puzzle! It has anatomically correct pieces for both boys and girls for learning body systems!

3D Human Model

This fun set includes soft, squishy organs and hard, removable bones. It is an interactive and sensory based puzzle!

Anatomy Doll

Science has never been so cuddly! Explore organs and the human body with this doll that unbuttons at the chest to reveal organs and body sounds!

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