Activity Idea: Creepy Crawly Snakes
Here is a great idea from Head Start QuickSource® called Creepy Crawly Snakes that helps children develop fine motor skills - an important element of physical health - through growing strength, dexterity and control needed to use tools such as scissors. (It's also a great activity to use when learning about garden animals that are coming out of their winter sleep.)
For this activity, you will need: green construction paper (one sheet for each child), crayons, and scissors (a pair for each child).
Before you start...
Draw an oval (the snake's head) and a spiral on a piece of green construction paper, one for each child. Make a large, thick spiral for children still learning to use scissors. Draw a longer, thinner spiral shape for those with good cutting skills
Let's get started!
1. Give each child a pair of scissors. Show the children how to cut along the line of the spiral, which will uncoil to create the snake's body. (You may want to have a few extra pieces of paper just in case a child needs additional practice.)
2. Let the children add eyes, scales, and a tongue with crayons.
3. Attach the snake body to the snake's head. Hang the snakes from the ceiling so that they spiral down to create a fun creepy, crawly look. (Optional)
If using POCET™, this activity correlates to Developmental Guideline: PH2 Begin to show fine motor dexterity and control.