Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Friendly Easter-Egg Snake


Do you have more plastic Easter eggs lying around than you can use? We do. Somehow, we collected dozens from the various egg hunts we've gone on in the past 2 weeks!

So we made this snake, which we discovered at Preschool Rock.

Here's how you make it:

1. Gather 2 whole plastic Easter eggs, plus 15-20 Easter egg bottoms.

2. Drill a small hole in the bottom of each egg half (large enough for yarn to pass through). I know you're thinking, DRILL?, but this took less than 5 minutes.

3. Cut a generous length of yarn and tie a BIG knot at one end. Have your child begin stringing the eggs: first a whole egg (we put a few kibbles of cat food inside to make it rattle -- classy!); then all of the egg halves, and then the last whole egg. Once the "snake" is on the yarn, tie it off again to make the tongue.

(Helpful hint: My daughter found it a little difficult to string the eggs -- and no, not just because her extreme case of bed-head was getting in the way, but because our yarn was floppy and the holes were small. I put a little tape on the very end of the yarn and snipped it to a point. Voila! -- more like a needle and very easy to get through the hole. This made the craft much more enjoyable for my daughter.)

4. Have your child draw a face on the snake. And there you have... a fun little slithery snake that you can drag all over the floor and play with.

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