For my kids homeschooling this week we’re learning about the rainforest so a rainforest animal craft seemed like a pretty obvious choice and this paper plate snake was an easy idea that I knew they’d both be able to make and enjoy despite the difference in their ages. Paper plate snakes are a bit of a classic craft and I’m not sure who came up with them originally but there are lots of variations on the theme, we’ve made toilet roll snakes before when my son was in preschool. This snake craft uses pom poms for a simple painting technique that both my kids genuinely really enjoyed.
Of course crafting with my kids meant that I started with one idea, which is the tutorial I’ll be sharing here, but being kids of course they had to go one extra and I actually prefer their ideas to mine, typical eh? I’ll therefore be including pictures of their finished craft as well.
Kid Make Paper Plate Snakes
Both my kids (6 and 9) followed the instructions to make a paper plate snake below but changed a couple of details to make their own crafts unique. Actually my daughter didn’t make a snake, she made a “kitty-unicorn snake” complete with unicorn horn and cat ears.
I originally started making a more traditionally painted snake craft myself but I preferred the brighter colours my kids used so I changed mine to be more like theirs with purples and reds as well as the more traditional greens.
My son added fangs to his snake.
To make either the snake fangs or the kitty-unicorn all you need to do is grab some cardboard (ours was left over paper plate) and cut out the shapes you need leaving a fold at the bottom. We then stuck these onto the paper plate using a small bit of double sided sellotape. My son also did his snake’s tongue underneath the snakes head rather than the easier version which I’ve used.
Paper Plate Snake
- Coloured paints
- Reusable plate
- Pom poms
- Glue or double sided sellotape
- Black pen
- 1 Paper Plate
- Scrap paper or card
- First cut your paper plate into a spiral shape cutting from the outside in. Make sure you leave enough space in the middle of your paper plate as this will be your snakes head.
- Pour some paint onto a plate, this makes it easier to dab your pom poms in it.
- Dab the pom poms into the paint and then dab them onto your paper plate to colour it in. We used different sizes of pom pom and different colour paints to get different effects.
- Leave your snake craft to dry.
- Once the paint is dry cut out some circles from scrap card or paper. If you've used strong colours this may show through white paper and for that reason we used bits of a discarded paper plate.
- Draw black dots into the centre of your circles to make the snakes eyes and cut out a tongue shape from red paper or card.
- Glue the eyes and tongue onto your snake.
What Can I Make Out Of A Paper Plate?
We’ve shared a lot of paper plate crafts for kids as paper plates are something that a lot of us have in the back of a cupboard somewhere and they can be a good craft to do with a group of children too. These paper plate animals are some of our favourites that I hope you’ll enjoy too.
Use torn paper to make this paper plate bee.
This paper plate ladybird can be made alongside reading What The Ladybird Heard or just as a cute animal craft.
Reuse your pom poms to make this paper plate cow craft.