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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Construction Paper Portraits

Kids can make this construction paper portrait using pieces of scrap paper.

construction-paper-portrait

Materials

  • Glue sticks
  • Construction Paper (whole pieces and scraps)
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Cut out the an oval for the face and a rectangle for the neck and glue onto the background (I used black paper because I like the contrast).
  2. Cut pieces of paper for hair and layer over each other to create a hair-like texture.
  3. Cut out and add a shirt, decorate (optional)
  4. Add facial features including  eyes, nose, mouth, and ears