Making things from paper plates is such an easy and cheap craft to do; you can make animals, plants and other objects. Today we made paper plate snakes, and experimented with the type of paint, the technique of applying the paint and which side of the plate to paint.

The waxy side repels the paint more. Especially if the paint has more water in it. We started out dabbing our paintbrushes onto the plate to get an almost scaly effect, then my 3 year-old charge decided to that dabbing it was taking far too long and wanted to smear the paint on, experimenting with colours as she went. This is an activity to keep young ones entertained for a short period while you are busy, or one that you can happily enjoy together like we did.

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To make your own paper plate snake you will need:

  • Paper plates
  • Paints and brushes
  • Coloured paper for the tongue
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors

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Paper Plates 1

Paint your plate in your snake design and leave to dry. We only painted the inner circle and cut off the rim.

Either free hand or following a spiralling pattern drawn on the other side of the plate cut out your snake.

Stick on your eyes and tongue. We tried drawing eyes on, but the googly ones add character and help bring the snake to life.

If you want to you could attach some string to your snake so that it hangs up. Our chromatography butterflies, which we made back in the May half term, have been replaced by our paper plate snakes.  They now take pride of place in the playroom windows.

Paper Plates 2

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Hanging paper plate snakes