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Paper plate snakes

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Making paper plate snakes is a fun art and craft activity to do with your child.

While you're getting creative together, chat about what you're doing and encourage your child to make choices.

As they cut and decorate their snake they will be developing their creativity, muscles, and coordination.

To support your child's understanding you could watch a video of a real snake, talk about how snakes move, the noises they make, and where they live.

You will need:

  • Paper plates
  • Paints and paintbrushes/colouring pencils/markers
  • Scissors
  • Wool or string
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • OR get creative with whatever craft resources or items from your recycling bin you have at home!


  • Draw a spiral shape onto the paper plate using a marker.
  • Pick up your paints, colouring pencils or markers and decorate your snake in any design you’d like. With older children try encouraging them to use different patterns, like spots and stripes!
  • When you’re finished, cut along the spiral line from the outside to the centre of the paper plate.
  • Draw or glue on some eyes in the centre of the plate where the spiral ends.
  • Cut a small hole above the snake’s eyes and thread your string or wool through it.
  • Tie a small knot at the back of the snake’s head and you will have your very own hanging snake!

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