I thought it would be fun to teach the song Hinges this week (I actually don’t know this one very well) using a paper plate skeleton…kind of bringing in the Halloween theme but not really as you could use this skeleton any time of year to teach the song :).
I made this big guy using brads (found at Wal-Mart in the office section) so it will hinge when you move it. I made small holes for the brad to fit into using a pencil tip. I found a pattern HERE
and sort of eye-balled the whole thing as I cut! I didn’t pay to download the pattern but I suppose you could. UPDATE: check the comments for an actual pattern you can download and print if you need!!
You can print and cut out the words I created using the access button at the bottom of this post. Use plasty-tac or masking tape to tape the word strips onto the skeleton. You want them to come off easily – and be used again if you do two singing times for Junior and Senior. I know Junior can’t read but it’s an easy song and they’ll get the hang of it. I may not even put the words back on for Junior – we’ll see! If I don’t, I’ll post the words up front for the teachers so they can help me sing (see how I post words HERE
Before primary I’ll hang it on the chalkboard using heavy magnets on a few body sections.
To play, I’ll pick a child to come up, remove a phrase and put the skeleton in a funny position. Then we’ll sing the song (the kids can mimic the skeleton’s position as they sing!) and repeat with a new child until the words are gone. Once the words are gone, we’ll sing it as long as we have new kids to come put it in a new position.
I love that this is sort-of Halloween related without being Halloween related!