Introducing Bonesy the Happy Skeleton!
Jean Urbanek has been working as a clown at children’s parties for the last thirty years. The kids may not know her name, but they sure know her characters:
Salty the Happy Sailor…
Mr. Jiggs the Happy Hobo…
Grabby the Happy Scoutmaster…
Now she’s created a new character, one that she hopes will educate as well as entertain.
“Kids are more sophisticated now,” she says. “You can’t expect to hold their interest with the same old squirting daisies and balloon animals. They’re curious about a lot of things, and one of these, I believe, is the musculoskeletal system.”
That’s why she created Bonesy the Happy Skeleton.
“I want to show them what’s inside their insides,” she says with a grin. “They can learn while they laugh. Of course, kids learn better when you personalize the lesson, so I won’t simply tell them that this is how people look without their skin on. I’ll say something like, ‘Has your grandma passed away? Well, this is what she looks like now’.”
As with her other characters, Jean created Bonesy’s costume herself. And she did so with the utmost attention to detail. “Presentation is everything. If you provide just the right amount of entertainment along with your message, a lesson learned at a birthday party can stay with a child for the rest of his life.”