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. Or I’ve also added that pattern to my Resource Library (see details below for accessing that).
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!