The skeletal system is an inspiring work of art if you truly think about it. For starters, it’s the solid framework that keeps our soft and squishy bodies upright and mobile. It’s made up of many bones and uses several fascinating mechanisms to achieve its function. 

For a closer look at the bare bones of the skeletal system, go ahead and download our free skeleton coloring pages. We also have several ideas on how you can get the most out of each drawing.

An illustration of the Ghost Rider wearing a biker jacket on his cool motorbike surrounded by stars.
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Illustration of a teacher showing the museum’s cool dinosaur skeleton to three kids.
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A funny illustration of a skeleton with a shocked facial expression and two mini crossbones and skulls on each side of its head.
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A dapper skeleton with a top hat just getting up from a coffin to say hi to a happy bat.
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A skeleton dances to the tambourine while the happy pumpkin enjoys the music.
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A skeleton man with a Mexican hat plays the guitar while a skeleton woman dances with her flowy dress.
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An illustration of a skeleton guy holding the tip of his hat as he is surrounded by pumpkins and bats under the moonlight.
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A pair of skeleton puppets dancing around two adorable bears with a rainbow and a fun skull in the background.
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A bunch of bones are neatly laid out to show parts of the human skeletal system.
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A skeleton walking into the woods at night while he is being watched by a ghost on the ground and an owl on a tree.
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A skeleton alchemist donning a cape and diabolical expression as he holds suspicious potions in each hand.
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A skeleton in a sitting pose with one hand on the ground, and the other raised while holding a card that reads “bones”.
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An illustration of the human skeleton laid out in parts.
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A goofy skeleton on a grave waving his hand and hanging out with a pumpkin on the ground and a cat on top of the gravestone.
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A smiling skeleton lifting itself from the grave beside a raven perched on the gravestone.
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A happy skeleton dancing under the moon and stars with a pumpkin while a cat watches from the fence.
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An illustration of a bat and two hanging skeletons, with one holding up a tie to help pick out an outfit for a strange-looking man.
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An illustration of a sporty skeleton holding a tennis racket, looking ready to play.
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An illustration of a skeleton and two pumpkins dancing to the music and partying with a bat and two happy balloons.
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A chibi “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) style skeleton holding a pumpkin as it walks on a stone path through the night under a bat-filled sky and a large full moon.
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An illustration of an armless skeleton, a full body skeleton, and a cute skeleton lady dancing with a cute pumpkin man wearing a witch hat.
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Time to Bring Those Skeletons to Life

Chances are you already know the skeletal system contains many bones. The human skeleton is made up of an impressive 206 bones. That’s a whole lot of bones to learn about, but then again, we have plenty of skeleton coloring pages to cover most of the big ones. 

Most people know about the skull, the ribs, the radius, the femur, the humerus, the sternum, and the clavicle off the tip of their heads. 

Younger kids don’t have to learn about all the scientific names to have fun. I regularly print out these skeleton coloring pages for my grandchildren, and for now, they are at that stage where the femur is the thigh bone, the humerus is the arm bone, and so on. Either way, each coloring page is a fun way to teach kids about human anatomy and the shape of each bone. 

You’ll even find a dinosaur skeleton drawing that tells you a lot about dinosaurs and their anatomy. Now, it’s easy to think that there’s not much to color because skeletons are white, but don’t forget that each printable skeleton coloring page comes with lots of interesting details to fill in.

Kids, adults, and anyone working on these worksheets is challenged to use their creativity and imagination to bring the skeletons to life. You’ll be surprised how the right colored pencil, crayon, or watercolor will add a bit of magic to each drawing. 

Plus, who said skeletons have to be white? Your best bet is to make them yellowish or use an off-white color to make the picture more realistic. Skeletons don’t always have to look the same, so you can turn them into different characters based on what they’re wearing and what the background looks like.

Exciting Skeleton Coloring Pages You Can Enjoy Any Time

Besides being used to teach more about the human body, these free coloring pages can also be enjoyed in a scary way. Did someone say Halloween? Yes, we also have some Halloween skeleton coloring pages if you want to have some bone-chilling fun. To keep the theme authentic, one printable skeleton coloring page even features a pumpkin or two and some bats. 

If you’re looking for more Halloween-themed coloring pages, we also have separate pumpkin coloring pages, bat coloring pages, and Halloween coloring pages. However, it’s not all about scary skeleton illustrations. 

We have skeleton drawings that look friendly and harmless. These will make your children giggle because they appear to have funny expressions, and some of them are even dancing. So, coloring skeletons doesn’t always have to be morbid or creepy. It can be lighthearted and playful!

If you’re wondering what else you can do with these worksheets, we recommend that you combine them into a coloring book, to begin with. When you and your child finish working on a particular coloring page, you can use it as a decoration or as part of a Halloween party costume.

Or, if you’re a teacher, you can hang some of the pages on classroom walls to help your students remember what they have learned about the skeletal system. These are just a few suggestions – there’s always more you can do with our coloring pages!