This one's almost as tall as he is!
What you need:
- Paper plate (the stronger the better!)
- Markers, crayons, or pencil crayons
- Pipe cleaner (optional)
Colour in the plate any way you like. We drew a spiral pattern and filled it in with different colours, but it doesn't matter how you decorate it! I would suggest colouring the back and the front to make the snake colourful from both sides!
Draw a smiley face circle for your snake in the middle - this will help with the cutting stage and give your snake some personality!
When you've finished decorating, it's time to cut your snake! Start along one side and cut in a spiral pattern. The skinnier you cut the spirals, the longer your snake will be.
For toddlers I would suggest cutting it thicker to make the snake more manageable for them to hold and play with, and also to make it less likely to rip!
Attach the pipe cleaner around the snake's neck (like a leash!) just to give kids something to hold on to. My kids wanted to take their snakes for a walk!
When you put the snakes down, they will collapse back into their circular shape - this is a neat trick for kids to have fun with too!
This simple craft can really be done with kids of many ages. My little nephew is only 1, and he scribbled a bit before we cut out a super-thick, easy to play with mini-snake for him.
momstown Oakville made the snakes at their Zoo-themed playgroup!
Paper plates can be made into all sort of interesting crafts! Try out: