How Many Bones in a Human Body?

Would you expect a 4 year old to know how many bones are present in a human body? If you said “no”, it’s perfectly fine, because children at that small an age are not expected to understand and remember facts about bones. But that does not mean, they cannot remember or retain such information if it is given to them.

Here’s a fun activity, I did when big A was 4 years old, and till date, if you were to ask her how many bones are present in the human body, she will promptly tell you – 206! And here’s how she knows.

We glued together two sheets of chart paper, and asked her to lie straight on it. We drew her body outline on the paper. Then, I pulled out a book about bones, I showed her the different bones and told her their names. Then, we drew the outlines of each bone on a newspaper, cut them out and pasted them on the chart paper. She was thrilled to what her skeleton looks like, and is not frightened of a skeleton picture.

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We’ve pasted the chart paper in her room, with the date on it. We did this activity a while back, but she can easily recall names of some bones (skull, rib cage, pelvic) and can also tell you that the human body has 206 bones.


About Kanchan Shine

I am a mom and I have been working in the education domain for over 10 years. I am passionate about making learning fun for kids.

Posted on July 8, 2013, in Fun with Science, Human Body and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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