DIY X-ray machine (FREE PRINTABLE)

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be back with another at-home craft you can make with your kids to learn all about this month’s theme - the human body! Human body science has always been some of my favorite science to teach. It’s always such a fascinating subject for kids! As O and I were talking about the human body together this month he asked so many questions about bones. That inspired this craft - a DIY x ray machine! Read below to learn to make your own and to get the printable template.

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Materials needed:

  • 1 large piece of cardboard ( a little wider and taller than your child’s torso)

  • Black, white and yellow paint sticks (you could swap these for acrylic paint, too!)

  • Yellow construction paper

  • Black permanent marker

  • Glue

  • X-ray machine template

How To:

Step 1: Using a black paint stick (or paint) paint the entire piece of cardboard black and let it dry. I prefer to use paint sticks on cardboard this large because it helps keep the cardboard from warping as it dries.

Step 2: Print the X-ray machine template. Using this as a guide, draw bones onto the cardboard. Let the white paint stick (or paint) dry and then outline them with yellow.

Step 3: Use your permanent marker to write the names of each bone (found on template) onto construction paper and cut them out. Glue the labels onto the bones.

Step 4: Play! This was a fun craft for us that resulted in a good bit of time spent playing doctor. When we’re finished I think we will hang it in our playroom to keep the conversations about the human body going!

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We’d love to see your x-ray machines!! Share them on Instagram and tag @kidlabraleigh.