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X is for X-ray

on April 5, 2013

I chose X-ray for this week’s theme and decided we’d learn all about skeletons! I found these great books that make it fun and easy for kids to learn what skeletons are and why we have them.

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The bottom one has lots of riddles in it that the kids couldn’t wait to ask Daddy the next day – like, What bow can you never untie? Your elbow! What helmet can you never take off? Your skull! What do babies have more of than adults? Bones! (Did you know babies have over 300 bones while adults have just 206?). All in all, this was a really fun and educational theme πŸ™‚

We made these hand-print X-rays . . .

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And we made Q-tip skeletons . . .

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Then we made skeleton pictures with white chalk on black paper . . . I had to laugh because even after a whole week of learning about skeletons, Joseph drew the arms coming out of the head. Love it!

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We sang Do You Know the X-ray man? to the tune of Do you know the Muffin Man?

Here are some other random X-themed things we did. This is Joseph making some colorful X’s with popsicle sticks . . .

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They learned that X’s and O’s also mean Hugs & Kisses πŸ™‚ So we made these Glitter Hugs & Kisses to send to family far away. This was Jorja’s favorite – she couldn’t make enough of these!

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The kids also loved this next craft – probably because I called it Magic X Painting (I didn’t think “crayon resist painting” would have the same appeal, but that’s all it is!) So we wrote our X’s with white crayon on white paper, then painted over it with water color and voila – magic X’s! We’d never done crayon resist painting before, so the kids were quite amazed and pleased with the results.

Magic X Painting

Magic X Painting

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And what would X week be without a Xylophone? We made this xylophone out of glasses & colored water and the kids enjoyed making ‘music’ on it. Here is Joseph playing “Jingle Bells” which is currently his favorite song.

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Xylophone!

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Letter X turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected πŸ™‚

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3 responses to “X is for X-ray

  1. We did x-rays with white crayons and black paper, and my kiddos’ look a lot like Joseph’s! One has arms coming out of the head! The q-tip one is too cool!

  2. mummyshymz says:

    I would never have thought of including hugs and kisses (xoxo) under the letter X. Great idea!

  3. My favorite thing about xray’s was when I worked at a vet clinic during high school and when an owner thought their pet ate something. We would xray them. I remember we found a dog had ate a bracelet.

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