I went to the dollar store with Bojey this morning to buy some wings for a Halloween costume. I saw the huge selection of rubber/plastic skeletons and wondered why none of them had detachable bones. I thought my chicks would love to play with the skeleton parts, so I bought a rubber skeleton and took matters into my own hands. Enter the DIY Skeleton Puzzle Set:
**A small, cheap rubber or plastic skeleton, found at almost any store this month. Ours was $1.00.
**Paper or cardboard for the backgrounds.
Easy, easy process
1. Cut your skeleton into individual bones or pieces. I cut mine into fifteen segments. I could have gone far smaller, but I wanted both chicks (two and four years old) to be able to play with it. It turns out Ninna can do these puzzles in about 30-60 seconds, so I'm thinking I'll make a second set for her and separate far more of the bones.2. Lay the bones on a sheet of paper/cardboard in some sort of pose or other arrangement. I went with, clockwise from upper left, "standing guy," "dancing guy," "downward facing dog guy," and "collection of bones."
3. Using your marker, carefully trace around the pose. Don't worry about trying to get really close to the edges; it's easier for a toddler or preschooler to complete the puzzle if there's a little extra space.
That's all, really. If you're like me and you don't always do a good job of clearing your dining table, check to see if you happen to have an empty cream cheese box sitting within arm's reach. It makes a great bone box.This could have been a more eco-friendly, more frugal (free), and more from-scratch project, but sometimes when inspiration strikes, I have to go with it.
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