Construction Paper Snail Craft & Activity for Kids

Our class recently made this awesome snail craft during our creepy crawlies theme!  These guys are super easy to make, and students practice using fine motor skills as they cut and roll the paper to create their snails!

paper snail craft

paper snails

What You’ll Need:

  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper

snail craft template

Preparation

  1. Pre-cut the snail shapes. I’ve included snail and leaf templates you can print on white or colored copy paper or, depending on your printer, directly onto construction paper. If you cannot print onto construction paper, print the templates on copy paper, then cut out the template you want to use and trace it on a piece of construction paper.
  2. Cut apart the leaf templates. Make sure you have enough leaves and snails to give every student at least one!
  3. Place paper snail templates, and leaf templates out on tables along with markers, glue and scissors.

Click Here To View And Download The Snail And Leaf Templates Plus a BONUS Snail Writing Prompt (TeachersPayTeachers.com)

Engagement

  1. First kids decorate the paper snail template while they are still flat, using markers.
  2. Next, roll up the snails, starting from the end opposite from the eyes.
  3. Finally, kids cut out and decorate a paper leaf, then glue their snail onto it.

paper snails

It’s such a fun activity. I think we will end up making them all week long!

snail craft
In my experience, the kids really liked decorating and rolling up the shells to make their snails.  A few of them made more than one. We ended up using all of them to decorate our Summer bulletin board!

Later on, I made some really tiny paper snails that were super adorable. You can make smaller versions of the snails and pair the tiny snails with a larger snail to make a whole snail family!  

Activities to Go Along With This Snail Craft

snail coloring pageHere is a snail coloring page and reading & writing activity for beginning readers & writers to go along with the craft.

Kids can color the snail picture and read the sentences to learn about snails.  Then they can write one thing that they learned. Here is the link: Snail Coloring Page by PreschoolMom.com

Click here or on the thumbnail to the right to view and print the Snail Coloring Page (.pdf)

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Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – A giant construction paper beanstalk hangs from the ceiling tiles making for a whole-class creation that adds a touch of magic to the room!

Jack And The Beanstalk Craft

After it’s put together, kids can have fun re-telling the story of Jack And The Beanstalk using character puppets made out of construction paper and popsicle sticks!

Instructions

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  1. Start out with a piece of green construction paper.

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2. Use a green marker to draw a spiral outward, starting in the center of the construction paper.

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3. Cut around the spiral shape and cut off the edges of the paper with scissors. Make a crevice where the kids will begin cutting into the spiral.

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4. Pour a tiny bit of glue over the paper and sprinkle it with some glitter for extra magical effect! Leave overnight to dry.

5. Cut out leaves, beans, and sprigs. Make curly sprigs by cutting thin strips of green construction paper. Wrap them around a pencil, slightly unrolling afterward.

6. Create leaves by cutting football shapes out of the green construction paper. Curl these around a pencil slightly. Beans are just slightly elongated football shapes.

7. The kids can also cut out their own leaves too but you can lay some precut leaves out on the tables for inspiration.

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8. Kids begin by cutting along the spiral until they have a long curvey beanstalk.

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9. Next, glue on some paper leaves, beans, and curly sprigs!

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10. Hole punch the end of each beanstalk and tie a small loop of yarn to the end of each one.  String a longer piece of yarn through the yarn loops on the individual beanstalks and attach the whole thing to the ceiling tiles by this string.

Now all you need are some kindergarten-made character puppets and kids can use their imaginations to re-enact the story of Jack And The Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

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Star of David Craft, Stained-Glass Ornaments

Create this “Stained-Glass” Star of David Craft using tissue paper, glue and popsicle sticks!  It’s the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays, and a cute craft to go along with Hanukkah-themed books and lessons!

Star of David Craft Image

 

Star of David Craft

The sunlight shining through the ornaments creates a beautiful stained-glass effect!

 

Star of David Craft Materials:

Assemble The Star Frames 

After gathering your materials, you will create the star frames out of popsicle sticks. Each ornament uses six popsicle sticks.

Glue three popsicle sticks together to make an equilateral triangle. Repeat until you have two triangles for each ornament you will be making.

Let the triangles dry separately for about 10-15 minutes.

Once they are dry, place the triangles on top of one another facing opposite directions to see where they will connect. Add a few dots of glue and press the triangles together until they stick on their own. Set the star frame(s) aside to dry.

 

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Thin some glue by putting it in a little bowl and mixing it with some water.  This way, you can paint the strips of tissue paper onto the star and the paintbrush does all the work! Just a little bit of glue is all you need to make the tissue paper stick.

You might want to show your kids how to lay the strips of tissue paper over the popsicle sticks and paint the glue mixture on, starting where the paper touches the popsicle sticks.   The glue mixture will soak through the tissue paper and, when it dries, all the tissue paper pieces will be permently attached to the star frame!

 

Star of David Craft

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The Final Steps

After each child has finished adding the tissue paper to their star, you (or another adult) can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Use a paintbrush dipped in the water/glue solution and smooth out the edges of the tissue paper pieces. Fill in any gaps with a little extra tissue paper and just kinda touch them up a little bit, only if you want and the kids don’t mind!  You may also prefer to leave them as they are.

Place the completed Star of David ornaments aside and let them dry for 30 minutes to an hour.  Some kids may go overboard with the glue water so those may take a little bit longer to dry!

 

Star of David Craft Image

I added names to small paper plates to help me keep track of who’s star was who’s but I felt like that was kind of wasteful. Next time I might try writing names on pieces of masking tape and attaching that to each star.

Once the tissue paper is dry,  you can write each student’s name and the year on the ornament with a Sharpie.  You could even get fancy and use a metallic Sharpie if you have one!

 

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Another thing to do once the paper is dry is poke a little hole through the tissue paper near the inside of the top point on the star using a well-sharpened pencil.

Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie it in a loop so it can hang in a window, or anywhere the sunlight can shine through!

 

 

Star of David Craft

 

Did You Know?

The Star of David is a six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles. It is used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol and appears on the flag of Israel.

Books About Hanukkah for Kids

Before introducing the Star of David Craft, I like to give my students a little background on Hanukkah by reading a book beforehand. Here are a few books, available on Amazon, that you can use to help teach your children about why people celebrate Hanukkah, as well as the common symbols and traditions associated with this holiday.

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Letters of The Alphabet Coloring Pages

These Letters of the Alphabet Coloring Pages combine letters and pictures to help early readers & writers identify letters and letter sounds through coloring.B for Bees Coloring Page

I created these coloring pages help reinforce uppercase and lowercase letter recognition in my classroom and give students practice using fine motor muscles to color! You can also use these coloring pages to compliment letter of the day/week activities!

Great for literacy centers, morning work or as an activity for early finishers!

Original artwork by Miss Vanessa.

Download Letters of The Alphabet Coloring Pages from my store on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

Click on the Preview to view and download a FREE sample of the Coloring Pages included in this pack!

Purchase Letters of the Alphabet Coloring Pages Bundle on TeachersPayTeachers.com for lifetime access to these exciting coloring pages!

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The following coloring pages are included in this bundle:

▸ A is for Alligator
▸ a is for apple
▸ B is for Bees
▸ b is for balloon
▸ C is for Clown
▸ c is for cake
▸ D is for Dragonfly
▸ d is for dog
▸ E is for Eye
▸ e is for elephant
▸ e is for earth
▸ F is for Flag
▸ F is for Fish
▸ f is for face
▸ f is for flower
▸ G is for Giraffe
▸ g is for grapes
▸ H is for House
▸ h is for horse
▸ I is for Igloo
▸ i is for ice cream
▸ J is for Jellyfish
▸ j is for jellybeans
▸ K is for Kangaroo
▸ k is for kick
▸ L is for Lemon
▸ l is for ladder
▸ M is for Mountain
▸ m is for mouse
▸ N is for Numbers
▸ n is for night
▸ O is for Oranges
▸ O is for Oval
▸ o is for owl
▸ o is for octopus
▸ P is for Piano
▸ p is for puzzle
▸ Q is for Queen
▸ q is for question
▸ R is for Rainbow
▸ r is for rain
▸ S is for Snake
▸ s is for stripes
▸ T is for Tiger
▸ t is for tee-shirt
▸ t is for tree
▸ U is for Umbrella
▸ u is for unicorn
▸ V is for Violin
▸ v is for vines
▸ W is for Watermelon
▸ w is for water
▸ X is for X-Ray
▸ x is for xylophone
▸ Y is for Yak
▸ y for yoyo
▸ Z is for Zebra
▸ z is for zipper

58 pages + cover & credits page = 60 pages total.

Click here to view and download Letters of the Alphabet Coloring Pages on TeachersPayTeachers.com

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