DIY Real Bone Dig Kit for Kids


Bone Explorer: An Exciting DIY Dig Kit for Young Paleontologists


Are you ready to embark on a thrilling adventure through the world of bones? With our DIY real bone dig kit, you'll have the opportunity to explore the fascinating realm of anatomy like never before.


As you dig through the layers of sediment, you'll uncover real (chicken) bones and discover what makes them so unique. With the help of our interactive guide, you'll learn about the different types of bones, their structure, and their function in the body.


From the skull to the tailbone, you'll get an up-close look at these incredible structures and gain a deeper understanding of their role in both human and animal bodies. And with our fun and engaging activities, you'll have a blast learning about the science of bones in a way that feels like pure adventure.


So get ready to dig deep, uncover the mysteries of the skeletal system, and become a true bone expert with our exciting and educational DIY real bone dig kit!



Unearthing the Secrets of Bones: The Exciting Educational Benefits of a Real Bone Dig Kit 



Learning about bones is essential for a few reasons. First, bones are the foundation of the human body's structure, providing support, protection, and a framework for our muscles to attach to. Second, bones play a crucial role in the production of red and white blood cells, which are necessary for carrying oxygen and fighting infection. Finally, studying bones can provide valuable insights into the evolution of different species, from humans to dinosaurs.


By using a real bone dig kit, students can gain hands-on experience with anatomy and learn about the skeletal system in an interactive and engaging way. The kit provides a unique opportunity for students to explore and discover, fostering curiosity and a love of learning.


Additionally, the kit can help students develop important critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they analyze and interpret what they find. This type of experiential learning can also improve retention and comprehension of complex topics, as students have a tangible and memorable experience to draw upon.


Overall, the bone dig kit is a fantastic tool to get students excited about learning because it combines the thrill of discovery with the educational value of exploring the science of bones. By providing a fun and interactive way to learn about anatomy, the kit can inspire a lifelong interest in science and exploration.



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Creating Your Own Real Bone Dig Kit: Supplies and Step-by-Step Directions



Now that we've explored the educational benefits of a real bone dig kit, let's dive into how to make one! With just a few simple supplies and some easy-to-follow directions, you can create an exciting and educational activity that your young paleontologists will love.


In the following section, we'll provide a list of the supplies you'll need and walk you through the step-by-step process of creating your very own real bone dig kit. Whether you're a teacher looking for a fun classroom activity or a parent looking to inspire your child's love of science, this DIY project is sure to impress. So, let's get started!



  • Sand
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Chicken bones - chicken wings and leg bones work really well! 
  • A container in which to pour the excavation. This will need to be big enough to fit your bones. Plastic trays or containers work well.
  • Optional - A plastic toy dinosaur. I like to use one of these toys to make dinosaur tracks in the excavation once it begins to stiffen. 
  • Excavation tools. Wooden dowels and other blunt instruments work well. Sharp tools are unsafe and not necessary as the excavations are reasonably brittle and excavate easily. 
  • Safety goggles
  • Small brush


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  1. Clean the bones with warm water and a little soap, being sure to remove gristle and meat so you have nothing left but the bone. 
  2. Put one cup of sand in your mixing bowl.
  3. Add one-third cup Plaster of Paris.
  4. Use the wooden spoon to mix the sand and Plaster of Paris.
  5. Add one-third cup of water and mix.
  6. Keep adding small amounts of water until you reach a pancake like batter consistency. 
  7. Add the bones to your container. 
  8. Pour a layer of the mixture into the container to cover the bones.
  9. Gently tap the sides of the container to remove any air bubbles. This will also allow a little mixture under the bones. 
  10. Optional - Use the plastic dinosaur to make tracks in the surface of the excavation as it stiffens. You can usually do this after about ten minutes or so. 
  11. Set the real bone dig in a safe location to dry undisturbed overnight. I like to put the excavation in front of a fan.


Now the DIY real bone dig is ready to be enjoyed. Find an area that is easy to clean up, distribute the safety goggles and excavation tools, and let the excavating begin. 


Pro tip: If you would rather not use real bones, you can purchase a dinosaur skeleton kit and use this in your excavation. The individual bones can be excavated and then put together to make a full dinosaur skeleton to display!



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Bones: Fascinating Facts for Curious Kids



Here are some fun and interesting facts about bones that kids might enjoy:


  1. The human body has 206 bones, while babies are born with around 300 bones, some of which fuse together as they grow.

  2. The smallest bone in the human body is the stapes bone in the ear, which is about the size of a grain of rice.

  3. The femur, or thigh bone, is the longest and strongest bone in the human body.

  4. Animals use bones in unique ways - for example, kangaroos use their tails as a fifth leg for balance, and giraffes have incredibly long neck bones to help them reach high leaves.

  5. Bones are constantly breaking down and rebuilding themselves throughout our lives, a process known as remodeling.

  6. Your body replaces most of its bones every ten years, meaning that you get a whole new set of bones over your lifetime!

  7. The skull is made up of 22 bones that protect the brain and support the face.

  8. Bones can tell us a lot about the past, including the age, gender, and health of the person they belonged to.

  9. Cartilage, a type of connective tissue, helps cushion and protect our bones at joints like the knee and elbow.

  10. Some animals, like sharks and rays, don't have bones at all - instead, their skeletons are made of cartilage!




If you enjoyed making your own bone dig kit, why not try excavating owl pellets for another fun and educational activity? Dissecting owl pellets can teach kids about food chains, biology, and hone their observation skills as they identify the remains found within. Get ready for a messy adventure and a chance to learn more about these fascinating birds! 




Beyond the Skull: A Guide to the Common Bones in the Human Body


Here are some of the most common bones in the human body:


  1. Skull (made up of many bones, including the frontal, parietal, occipital, and temporal bones)

  2. Spine (made up of 33 vertebrae, including the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae)

  3. Ribs (12 pairs of bones that protect the chest)

  4. Sternum (breastbone)

  5. Clavicle (collarbone)

  6. Scapula (shoulder blade)

  7. Humerus (upper arm bone)

  8. Radius and ulna (forearm bones)

  9. Carpals (wrist bones)

  10. Metacarpals (bones in the palm of the hand)

  11. Phalanges (finger bones)

  12. Pelvis (hip bones)

  13. Femur (thigh bone)

  14. Patella (kneecap)

  15. Tibia and fibula (lower leg bones)

  16. Tarsals (ankle bones)

  17. Metatarsals (bones in the arch of the foot)

  18. Phalanges (toe bones)



Keep in mind that the human body has many more bones than just these - in fact, we have 206 bones in total! This is just a brief overview of some of the most common ones.


I hope you enjoyed this super quick tutorial and enjoyed making a real bone dig. These excavations are very easy to make and a lot of fun!
Now that you know more about bones and the fascinating ways they work in the human and animal body, it's time to get digging!
Creating your own real bone dig kit is a great way to get kids excited about science and exploration, and to spark discussions about prehistoric creatures and the world around us.
Whether you're a young paleontologist in the making or just looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your family or students, this DIY project is sure to inspire wonder and curiosity.
So what are you waiting for? Grab some bones, some tools, and start digging! And remember, bones aren't just relics of the past - they're a vital part of our bodies that help us move, protect our organs, and keep us healthy and strong.



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