Slithering Snake

4-6 year olds | one hour

Make this fearsome or friendly snake from paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls you have at home. This is a fun way to use your recyclables as toys.

What You'll Need

  • scrap of red ribbon
  • 3 toilet paper rolls or 1 paper towel roll
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • wiggly eyes
  • glue
  • scissors
  • tape
  • hole punch
  • string


1. Help your child cut toilet paper rolls into halves or paper towel rolls into sixths.
2. Using different coloured construction papers, cut out long strips the same width as each roll. Tape these onto the rolls. You can make a multi-coloured snake, a snake of the same colour, or a patterned snake for colour practice.
3. Punch a hole in the front and back of each roll. Leave two of the rolls with only one hole for the head and tail.
4. Decorate the tubes with markers if you want!
5. Glue wiggly eyes on one of the rolls with only one hole punch.
6. With string tie the rolls together. Make sure to keep the string loose so that your snake can move and slither. Cut off the ends of the string at head and tail.
7. Tape the red ribbon to the head roll. Make two cuts into the protruding edge of ribbon to make tongue.

Tags: paper craft, model making

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