Wednesday, May 18, 2011

X-ray Overlay

Did you ever make these when you were a kid?  I absolutely loved making them when I was about 10 years old.

I recently made a couple for the boys, at first just a freehand dinosaur, and another a few days later at Ruben's request when he saw a picture of a cheetah skeleton in one of his library books.

All you have to do is fold a piece of typing paper in half and draw your animal on one side, pressing down hard with your pencil.  Then open the paper and draw bones inside the outline impression.

If you want to color it in, use colored pencils, but do it faintly or it will be hard to see through.  Then hold it up to the light!

Some other overlay ideas are:

Draw something other than bones inside, like what your animal ate for dinner!

Make a monster or fictional character... what kind of bones would it have?

Draw an outline of a body or head and put something surprising inside.

Write some words on the top sheet, and make them say something else when you hold it up to the light.

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you try it, I'd love to see what you do!


  1. Thanx for the great idea. I used this to explain to my son how he lived in mama's tummy before he was born. He was so excited.

  2. Oh what a clever idea, I may have to try that one day!


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