Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Snake Craft and Books

This kids might enjoy making this wiggly craft snake (a reptile).


  • 3-4 toilet paper rolls
  • scissors
  • paint and paint brush and/or construction paper
  • glue
  • string, yarn, etc.
  • googly eyes (optional)
The directions suggest construction paper but we used paint.

Directions for this snake are at DLTK's website.
Click Here: DLTK Toilet Paper Roll Snake Directions


There are lots and lots of great snake books for kids that can be read before or after making the snake. Here is a small selection plus a couple of snake coloring books for kids.

                                               The Snake Book
My copy of this book has received a lot of use with my students, especially the BOYS!!!!

4 page pull-out section - a bit tattered now from constant use!

Snakes Are Hunters (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Fun Facts About Snakes! (I Like Reptiles and Amphibians!)

SnakeNational Geographic Readers: Snakes!The Best Book of Snakes

Time For Kids: Snakes!Snakes of the World Coloring BookReptiles and Amphibians (Peterson Field Guide Color-In Books)

BOOK ANIMAL LIVES SNAKES 7+Amazing Snakes! (I Can Read Book 2)Snakes

Snake Dictionary: An A to Z of Amazing SnakesSnakes : Children's Book

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Paper Plate Turtle Craft Project and Books

The kids might like to make this paper plate turtle (a reptile).

  • paper plate
  • paint and paint brush or crayons
  • 1 piece green construction paper
  • shapes for tracing - oval (2 sizes), triangle
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue stick or glue

  • Introduce or review shapes: circle, oval, and triangle.
  • Have students paint or color the bottom of a small circular paper plate green. Allow paint time to dry.
  • Have students trace 1 large and 4 smaller oval shapes plus 1 small triangle onto green construction paper. Cut shapes. (Older students can draw their own shapes.)
  • Glue the large oval (the head) and the 4 smaller ovals (the legs) plus the triangle (the tail) to the paper plate.
  • Draw eyes on the head or glue on googly eyes.
  • Get ready to read (or listen to) books about turtles.

Some books about turtles that children might enjoying reading are listed below.

Yertle the Turtle and Other StoriesTurtle Splash!: Countdown at the PondHow the Turtle Got Its Shell (Little Golden Book)

Everything Reptile: What Kids Really Want to Know about Reptiles (Kids Faqs)About Reptiles: A Guide for ChildrenReptiles (Scholastic True Or False)

Reptiles (Usborne Beginners: Level 2)Reptile (Ultimate Sticker Books)The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians


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