- Gather your materials. You will need a paper grocery bag or large piece of paper, paint, a brush or roller, 2 googly eyes, some different color foam , a plate for paint, scissors and glue.
- Cut open the bag so it’s a one long piece and draw a snake. I taped it right to the table.
- Start by choosing your paint colors, I was itching for my son to pick something bright but he chose brown and orange- and I am so happy he did I think it looks great. Pour both colors into a plate.
- Start painting.
- While your child is painting ( or before you start if that works better for you) ask your child what shapes they want to put on the snake, or decide yourself if they are too young. Cut large pieces for little guys that are still mouthing things. We don’t want anyone to choke!
- Time to glue the pieces on! I put the glue on in dots all along the snake.
- Cover each glue dot with a shape. Older children should be doing a pattern !
- While they are adding the shapes, cut out a tongue from red foam.
- Add the eyes and tongue.
- Let dry and cut out!
“The Sea Serpent and Me” by Dashka Slater is a sweet dreamy book. A little girl finds a sea serpent in her bath tub and they become friends all the while knowing he belongs in the sea. She promises to take him back but they keep finding reasons to wait. When they do finally go and he returns to the sea you can’t help but get a little lump in your throat remembering all those times you have had to say goodbye even though you didn’t really want to. The illustrations by Catia Chien make the whole book feel like a dream.
Mommy Niri says
We are so making that snake today! Thanks for always having a smart yet easy craft!
OIJOY PHOTO - the blog says
I love your site and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it! I’ve struggled to get my little guy into making crafts. Your ideas are simple and really get him excited. Thanks again!
Desiree Fawn says
another awesome post!
Excellent idea! Hide and Snake is the perfect book to go along with this. Thanks for your awesome ideas! 😉
this is perfect!!! we are talking about reptiles this week, and i had a different snake planned to do, but i like this one too!! maybe we’ll do 2, lol
Cool, thanks for the fun snake craft and great books to look for.
Preschool Playbook says
What a great snake and I loved the painting with a roller. Sometimes I read the wonderful things people do I wonder why I never think of these. I must have brain block–at least that’s what I tell me kids.
We love our snake , I am so happy you do too!
The roller was a “Stop fussing while I try to find the exact pen I want, I am neurotic and need this specific one- oh look here is a roller, paint the cart while mommy looks” impulse grab. Glad I got it!
The best things happen by accident 🙂