Convert an ordinary spiral into a snake mobile by simply adding a snake’s head and a little thread for hanging. When studying snakes local to your area, it’s important for your students to be able to recognize which ones are poisonous and what to do if bitten by one. After studying the snake’s habitat and characteristics, the unit can conclude with each student creating their own snake mobile and reporting on it to the class.
Colored Pencils, Crayons or Markers
1. Die cut the spiral from construction paper or cardstock.
2. Draw and scissor cut two snake heads from matching paper (you can freehand these in the shape of a triangle)
3. Draw a forked tongue out of red paper and sandwich between the two snake heads before fastening the head to the end of the spiral.
4. Embellish the snake with crayons or colored markers to match the variety of snake you wish to emulate.
5. To hang the snake mobile, punch a tiny hole in the center of the decorated spiral, poke a loop of knotted thread through the hole and pull until the knot catches in the hole.
And that's it! The best part about this project is that if your kiddos get to be as creative as they want! While they're coloring in the pattern of their snakes they can practice their geometric shapes or make up their own kind of snake.
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