Whilst most of the time I just let Freddie and Sasha go wild with the paints (despite it making my blood pressure significantly rise when paint goes all over the kitchen!), sometimes it’s fun to draw something for them to actually decorate with paints, and use their imagination as to what they want their person/creature to look like. These simple painted snakes are great if you’ve got limited time with the messy stuff, and are perfect for younger toddlers. Older preschoolers like Freddie can practice their cutting with scissors, as well as using their imaginations in more developed ways then smaller children like Sasha.
You will need:
- Different coloured paints
- Chunks of sponge (I cut up an old bath sponge)
- Sugar paper
- Black marker pen
- Stick-on googly eyes
1. Draw the outline of a snake on the coloured sugar paper. Older children can draw their own.
2. Let your little one sponge paint their snake! Sasha was keen to use the glitter paint, whilst Freddie wanted a brown one. He also created a red ‘tongue’ that stretched on to the table (aaargh!) from the snake’s mouth, and he was pretty proud of this, telling me what the tongue was for and showing great imagination. It’s times like these you can notice the difference between F & S in terms of imaginative development, despite there being only 15 months apart, and it’s so interesting to see how much a child obviously develops in such a short amount of time!
3. Leave the snakes to dry.
4. Once dry, the snakes can be cut out.
5. Stick the googly eyes on the snake, or an older child can stick them on themselves.
6. Ta-dah! The finished snakes!
Easy peasy! 🙂