Funnybones Book Review And Learning Activity Ideas

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Funnybones Book Review And Learning Activity Ideas

Today Sylvia wants to share a new book which she absolutely loves. The book is an all time classic called Funnybones. Written and illustrated back in 1980 by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The book has been around for a long time.

Funny Bones

The Funnybones book is really great because it has a lot of repetition and is a really fun story to read. It’s an all time favourite of mine. I love so many kids books and have quite a few I absolutely love.

Funny bones skeleton

Sylvia particularly loves the part about the skeleton dog, where he ends up in a pile of bones and big skeleton and little skeleton have the task of rebuilding the dog.

Funny bones skeleton

Funnybones is really well illustrated. There are some fantastic images to go alongside the text and it’s a great book for encouraging children’s literacy skills and developing existing interests.

Funny bones skeleton

There are so many fantastic activities you could do with your child to extend their learning from this book. From reading the rest of the funnybones series, to skeleton art, skeleton baking and even fun singing.

Funny bones skeleton

Sylvia created her own Funnybones Dog. She drew him on white card, cut him out and then put them together. She really had fun and enjoyed creating a craft based on a book she enjoys.

Funny bones skeleton

We also had a great idea to make gingerbread men and draw bones on them with white icing. We baked the gingerbread men and will be icing them tomorrow after school.

skeleton gingerbread

I have been enjoying choosing books and extending Sylvia’s literacy skills through play, arts and baking.

Funny bones

I feel I’m finally putting my teaching experience into practice a little more and having fun with my daughter at the same time. It’s not easy to find time to do this when I am unwell but I am trying to make the time.

Funny bones skeleton


Here are a few more skeleton themed activities to give you some Skeleton themed inspiration.

Angela x

Skeleton Ginger Bread Men


Q Tip Skeleton Craft 

funnybones skeleton art

Skeleton Rice Krispies

funny bones Activities

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  1. February 6, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Loving this books and the associated activities. I’ve not heard of this book before so thanks for sharing x

    • Angela
      February 7, 2017 / 12:25 am

      It’s a great thing and I love finding activities associated with books! It’s super fun!

  2. February 6, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    I remember reading Funnybones as a kid and its great that you have created additional activities to aid learning too!

    • Angela
      February 7, 2017 / 12:26 am

      Thanks Ana. It’s super fun extending learning… I love it!

  3. February 6, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    It looks like you have been having a lot of fun with this book….
    My girls used to love it…It really is a classic x

    • Angela
      February 7, 2017 / 12:20 am

      It is a catchy book and one that we enjoy. We have memorised some parts!

  4. February 6, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Ah, this book brings back some memories! And that skeleton dog Sylvia made is great! I thought it’d come with the book when I first saw it x

    • Angela
      February 7, 2017 / 12:19 am

      We did have fun making that skeleton dog!

  5. Tereza
    February 6, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I love this – and all the amazing DIYs that you’ve come across. I wish I had this when I was a kid, I proper used to love stuff like this! x

    • Angela
      February 7, 2017 / 12:28 am

      It’s super fun!

  6. February 6, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Aww brings back memories of my daughter being younger. She had this book! Love all the crafty things you made 🙂

    • Angela
      February 7, 2017 / 12:29 am

      It’s a fab story!

  7. February 7, 2017 / 4:56 am

    Oh, memories of a good book. I love the idea of her doing her own skeleton dogs. There is interaction not just mere reading. Cool experience!

    • Angela
      February 7, 2017 / 8:22 am

      The Skeleton dog was fun!

  8. Keely's Nails
    February 7, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I remember this from when I was a kid! Skeleton dog was my favourite too

  9. February 8, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    We have this book and the one with 3 stories inside! It’s a great series and my mummy remembers it from her childhood!

  10. February 9, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Oh my goodness this took me right back. I loved this x

    • Angela
      February 11, 2017 / 12:27 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Kerry!

  11. February 10, 2017 / 8:35 am

    It’s great to see how books can be interactive and full of learning skills. I bet my niece would love this!

    • Angela
      February 11, 2017 / 12:23 am

      I think you can make activities from any book. It’s when the child is interested in this story that you get the best Learning.

  12. February 10, 2017 / 9:11 am

    We adore funnybones in this house. Have you seen the youtube video?

    • Angela
      February 11, 2017 / 12:22 am

      No I have not seen the YouTube video. WE will have to go and look it up.

  13. February 20, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    A classic book, she has good taste 🙂 love the idea of making a skeleton dog to pit back together, you could come up with so many funny looking dogs with all the pieces. #KLTR

    • Angela
      February 20, 2017 / 8:30 pm


  14. February 20, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    We have The Pet Shop from the Funnybones collection. Squidge loves it! Especially the cheeky parrot! I love the gingerbread and icing idea! 🙂 #KLTR xx

    • Angela
      February 20, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Oh that sounds really cool!

  15. February 21, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    It looks like you’ve been having great fun. Thanks for co-hosting #KLTR

  16. February 21, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Funnybones was a favourite of my kids too. I love the bones dog. Fantastic ideas for activities. Hope you enjoy the ginerbread men

  17. February 22, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Funnybones is brilliant, a true classic kids book. I love the activities too.

  18. February 24, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I love this book! We have a copy and even though she’s probably a bit young for it still I have read it to my daughter. She liked the part where they put the skeleton Dog back together but all mixed up! I’ve even used it for an activity in class, there are a lot of activities you can do with it! I like Sylvia’s cut out skeleton! #KLTR

  19. February 27, 2017 / 4:33 am

    I used to love this book as a child! Great ideas for activities – I love the gingerbread men, so fun! x

  20. March 15, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I’d not heard of this book before, but it looks like one to add to our bookshelves! #kltr

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