Funnybones Book Review & Activity

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Today Sylvia wants to share a new book that 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. Enjoy this activity and try this fun skeleton craft for kids.

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.

Skeleton Ginger Bread Men


Q Tip Skeleton Craft

funnybones skeleton art


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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

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