Tube Snake Activity

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Updated on May 22, 2014

Hisss! Transport your kid from the suburbs to the Sahara with this fun and easy craft! Recycle and transform a paper tube into a slithery serpent with a few simple supplies. Creating a tube snake is a quick way to spark your kid's creativity and show how a basic cylinder can be transformed using basic tools. Here's one snake that's Mom and little sister approved!

What You Need:

  • Recycled cardboard tube
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Red construction paper
  • Glue stick

What You Do:

  1. Have your child paint the recycled paper tube the color of their snake. They can add dots, scales, stripes or any other pattern they wish. Allow to dry completely.
  2. Help him to cut the painted tube starting from the very top edge at a slight angle, slowly turning the tube as it is being cut. This will create a coil, which will become his snake. Cut all the way until the very end of the tube.
  3. He can now choose which end of the tube looks most like the head and which looks like the tail. Place the snake on a flat surface with the head on top.
  4. Have him glue two googly eyes on the head of the snake.
  5. Cut out a small fork-shaped tongue from the red construction paper and glue it on the back side of the head.
  6. Finally, have him gently stretch out the coil to elongate the body and pull the tail slightly out to make his tube snake ready to slither!