- Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper ( we are using a paper grocery bag), a marker( darker will be better), tissue paper of various colors, one sheet of plain white paper big enough for the snail, scissors, googly eyes, tape and a pipe cleaner.
- Start by drawing a snail and a snail head- don’t worry if it’s perfect it will all be covered anyway. * if you have a really little guy you could hand them some markers to color the snail , that would help fill in the gaps if they aren’t too enthusiastic about adding so many pieces of tissue paper.
- Cut the tissue paper into small pieces, another tip for younger ones, use bigger pieces. This was my mistake I made ours way too small and my son only put about 1/4 of the paper you see on.
- Add LOTS of glue
- Add your tissue paper
- Add some more glue
- Add more tissue paper. See why I should have made it smaller? Yeah the wee boy was off playing garbage trucks telling me ” I share project,mommy’s turn” like how he spun it ?
- Cover the snail head in just one color. Let dry.
- Cut the head out and add googly eyes. Let dry
- Cut the snail out following the marker lines if you can. It should spiral . Go back a second time and trim it all the way along so there is extra space.
- Glue the head on and let dry ( see snails pace… the end result is worth it, hang on!! )
- Add the pipe cleaner by poking tow small holes and threading one through.
- Tape the snail onto a plain white sheet of paper. I couldn’t wait for more glue to dry.
“Jazz Fly” written and performed by Matthew Gollub is a fun idea, a book with a CD. The story is about a fly who plays drums in a jazz band, on his way to the gig he gets lost. Trying to find his way back he asks different animals for directions but they just make sounds at him. Later those sounds save jazz fly and his band! I liked the book and the music on the CD as well but my son had no interest which shocked me. I really thought he would like it, he loves Jazz . The monochromatic illustrations by Karen Hanke were cute but I think the lack of color while stylistically cool didn’t grab my son’s attention. The CD included got my son off the couch and dancing in the playroom until the author started narrating, at which point my son stopped playing air upright bass and asked to stop the CD. I’ll try this book again when he’s older.