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Slithering Snakes


many shades of green paper
child-safe scissors
brown paper
old neckties
dowel rods (at least four)
child-safe craft glue or fusible webbing or
needle and thread
wiggle eyes
red felt


* Cut many shades of green paper into leaf shapes. (More advanced children
can help with this step.)
* Use brown paper to create a large tree on the wall.
* Add the leaf shapes to the tree.
What to Do
1. Ask the children's families to send an old necktie. The busier the print on the
tie, the better.
2. Cut open one of the tie's ends and fill with fiberfill. Use the dowel rods to
poke the fiberfill in firmly.
3. Sew or have the children glue the end of the tie closed.
4. The children can add wiggle eyes and red felt cut into snake tongue shapes
using craft glue or use the self-adhesive kind.
5. The children can sit under the tree and play with their snakes. What fun! Talk
about how snakes move without legs and how they can even climb trees.
Emphasize that the movement the snake uses to move is called "slithering."
6. Ask the children if they can slither. Clear a large floor area or go out into the
hall and have "slither races" in which the children race each other while
slithering like a snake.
Consider the following:
* Observe the children as they stuff their snake. Do they have difficulty
manipulating the materials?
* Can the children demonstrate the slithering motions?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Art
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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