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Paper Plate Snake

Make a simple snake craft for kids and let them choose how colourful they want to make it.
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Keyword: paper plate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Kate Williams


  • Coloured paints
  • Reusable plate
  • Pom poms
  • Scissors
  • 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.
    how do you make a spiral snake out of a paper plate
  • 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.
    making a paper plate snake craft
  • 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.
    eyes and tongue for paper plate snake craft for kids
  • Glue the eyes and tongue onto your snake.
    paper plate snake craft kids


We cut our spirals into our paper plates before we started painting but you might find it easier to paint first and then cut the shape out afterwards. The reason we did it this way was that if the cutting went wrong at all then there wouldn't be as much of an issue as if we had finished our painting.
If you don't have red paper or card for your snakes tongue you can use white scrap paper and colour it red with a pen.
Tried this?Mention @craftsonsea - we'd love to see and maybe share it!