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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Cute Worm Craft

We made this cute worm craft to go along with our creepy crawly theme.

You can re-create this scene of a cute worm underground with a small view of the sky.  As an extra touch, cut out a movable paper stone and place it in the grass!

worm in dirt craft

Here is what you’ll need:

  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • markers

Directions:

  1. First, draw an outline of the worm on a piece of pink construction paper. You can use the picture above as a guide if you want. Cut out the worm’s body.
  2. On another piece of pink construction paper, draw an outline of the neck. This piece makes it look more worm-like, and less like a snake. Cut out the neck piece and glue it onto the worm’s body. Set the worm aside.
  3. On the brown construction paper for the background. Draw dots and speckles on the brown construction paper with a marker to make it look like dirt.
  4. Cut a 3 inch strip of blue construction paper for the sky and glue it to the top of your paper.
  5. Next cut a 1.5 inch strip of green paper and snip it along the side to make grass.  Line it up and glue the bottom of the grass to where the brown construction paper meets the blue construction paper.
  6. Glue the worm to the dirt area.
  7. Cut out small gray ovals and glue them onto the brown background to make pebbles. Draw dots and lines to make them look more realistic.  Make a bigger pebble and tuck it into the grass – no need to glue it down, and it’s fun to move around!

Make a Spooky Haunted House Drawing

Inside this haunted house, there are many scary things – A witch, some bats, a skeleton that lives in the attic, spiders and goblins peeking through a window, ghost and bats flying around, and alligators swimming in a secret underground dungeon! Super scary.. And a fun Halloween craft!

spooky house craft

You will need:

  • Markers and White Copy Paper
  • Ruler (optional)

 

To make it..

Divide a piece of paper into 6 or 8 sections by folding it or using a ruler and pencil. Color a different scary scene in each “room”.

Draw lots of monsters, ghosts, witches, bats and skeletons and anything else you might find in a scary haunted house!

A Spooky Tree Craft

The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree

Introduction

spooky tree craftThis Craft is based on the children’s book, “The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree”, by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Kids love this book and it is one of my favorites too!  Read this book and create this spooky tree craft to go along with it.  You could also give kids the freedom to create their own picture to go with the story, let them create a scene of their favorite part of the book and use this craft as inspiration!

Directions:

Start by tracing your hand on a piece of brown construction paper while elongating the fingers. To do this, trace from the wrist up past the fingers and come to a point. You may have to help younger kids with this step and it helps if you demonstrate first.

 

Next, snip a thin strip of green construction paper to make the grass. Cut out and tuck a jack-o-lantern into the grass. Cut out a bat, some crows, and a big yellow moon. Glue the cutouts onto a gray or black piece of construction paper to complete your spooky scene!