A Quick & Easy Fine Motor working Life Cycle of a Snake Bracelet.
We recently completed this fun craft pairing it along with the book Life Cycle Of A Green Snake by David M Schwartz
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You'll need pipe cleaners and white oblong pony beads and a pencil or pen to help shape the "snakes"
We chose to use one whole green pipe cleaner for our "momma snakes" and half a yellow pipe cleaner for our "baby snakes". This was a little due to recently reading a book that taught us some baby python snakes are hatched yellow and grow to be green adults and mostly due to my son's favorite color is green. You can certainly use any colors your kids enjoy.
First, we made up our snakes by curling pipe cleaners tightly around a pencil then sliding them off to make a curled up bead of sorts.
Then, we threaded our "Momma Snake" onto our base, a separate full pipe cleaner.
Followed by a couple white oblong beads to represent our Momma Snake laying her eggs.
Next, we added on our baby snake who hatched out of the eggs.
We repeated our patterned so that 2 sets/demonstrations of the cycle were on our base pipe cleaner. Then connected the two ends, by overlapping them a bit and twisting twisting twisting, to create our bracelet. I then slid a momma snake bead over the over lapping bracelet parts to help prevent skin scratching by the raw ends of the base pipe cleaner. They can be a little poky.
My four kiddos thought they were adorable even though they ended up being very loose bracelets.
I also repeated this project with a group of seven 4-6 year olds. They all seemed to greatly enjoy it as well.
So if you know some little snake lovers, gather up a few supplies (you might even have these in your crafting supplies) and create these educational and fun bracelets. Bonus:they also work those fine motor skills!! :-)
It's just a season we're having fun in it!
Let me know what you think of these fun bracelets in the comments below. I'd love to see a picture if you create some as well!