Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Bones by Steve Jenkins
Why we love this book:
To say we love Steve Jenkins’ books is an understatement! His nonfiction books for children make learning both intriguing and engaging. His intricate collage illustrations immediately draw-in children (and adults). Furthermore, the facts he weaves into his books are totally fascinating.
How about taking Halloween in a new learning direction this year? Jenkins’ book Bones introduces children to bones by exploring the differences between human and animal bones, many of them shown in actual size. Jenkins also explains how skeletons work. When I found this book, I knew I had a hit! It is amazingly cool! I was right, MacGyver fell head over heals for this book. Bones set the stage for our Halloween craft project. Both of the children were ready to dive right into the world of “paleontology” by building skeletons out of cotton swabs.
Halloween Skeleton Craft for Kids
In general, I don’t do crafts with the children. I like ART not crafts. I prefer to introduce the children to art mediums, techniques and tools and give them the freedom to express themselves. But when I saw the swab skeleton decorations in FamilyFun Magazine, I thought we could integrate a little learning fun.
- Bones by Steve Jenkins
- cotton swabs
- cotton balls
- black paper
- glue (we upgraded to Fast Grab Tacky Glue)
- plastic mat or wrap
Swap Skeleton, Miss Enigma, age 5
The Truth About Crafts!
- Here’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth . . .
- The Elmer’s Glue was too runny and the cotton swabs did not easily stick to each other.
- Miss Enigma, age 5, was quickly frustrated and DONE with the craft.
- Mommy: “Would you like to make the arms longer? Would you like to add hands? Your skeleton doesn’t have any ribs, how about adding ribs?”
- Miss Enigma: “Nope, Nope and NO! I’m DONE.”
Swap Skeleton, Miss Enigma, age 5
With some help from Mommy, Miss Enigma did add a few ribs and a face.
- It took forever to dry.
- Even dry it is still fragile.
- I consider this a high maintenance craft. I DO NOT do high maintenance!
Swap Skeleton, MacGyver, age 9
The Rest of the Story
- At the other end of the table we had the other extreme . . .
- MacGyver: “When I finish the human skeleton, can I make animal skeletons?”
- Mommy, “Sure.”
- The book Bones includes a page with all 206 bones in the human body laid out (some assembly required).
- MacGyver proceeded to try to make an exact replica of a human skeleton (out of cotton swabs)!
- Mommy: “Don’t worry if it’s exact. Just have fun and make a skeleton. It doesn’t have to be perfect!”
- MacGyver: “NO! I want to make it real. I’m going to make this side and then turn it over and add the rib cage like a real skeleton.”
- The Elmer’s Glue took forever to dry!
The Plot “Thickens”
- While the glue dries . . .
- MacGyver: “Mommy, these are so cool. We can play paleontology and build skeletons!”
- Hence the nickname MacGyver!
- MacGyver upgraded to Fast Grab Tack Glue. It worked quite nicely.
Bat Skeleton Puzzle
- MacGyver built a Bat Skeleton.
- The jaw includes 2 pieces that fit together perfectly and it actually opens and closes.
- Each part of the skeleton is a piece to the puzzle so others can put the skeleton together.
- So happy I have a son who is always thinking outside of the box (or beyond Mommy’s agenda).
- When teaching, be flexible!
- Don’t be afraid to abandon a project that isn’t working!
- Stay away from crafts, stick to art!
- October 2012 issue is focused on skeletons and how they work.
- The book Bones by Steve Jenkins is highlighted in the issue!
Let me encourage you to give a Steve Jenkins book to the children in your life this Christmas. Children love his gorgeous nonfiction books. Also visit stevejenkinsbooks.com to find out where he gets his ideas, how he plans his books and how he creates his illustrations.
For more Halloween FREE printable learning materials, FREE printable books, and hands-on learning activities check-out all of our posts in our Halloween Theme section.
Life with Jeannine
We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of Bones by Steve Jenkins.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Have you ever tried a craft or project that did NOT work? I’m sure I’m the only one to which this has happened! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Sunday, October 7, 2012
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, October 8, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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