Crafts are so much more fun when the end result is actually something to play with rather than just hang on the refrigerator.
This paper chain snake that can slither and wiggle is an easy and interactive craft for the snake lovers out there. And if you don't have snake lovers, call it a caterpillar instead.
What you'll need:
Cut your construction paper into strips and then in half lengthwise.
Roll a strip for the head and tape it into a circle. Thread the next strip through the first, roll and tape to secure. Continue until your snake is as long as you would like it.
Use another piece of construction paper cut into a triangle for a tongue. Tape the tongue to the underside of the snake head.
Add two googly eyes above the tongue to complete the snake. You can also just use a marker to add dots for the eyes, but I think googly eyes are just so much more fun. Plus, I work at a nature center that has tons of craft supplies for all of our kids programs so I can break into those whenever I want!
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