I’ve been meaning to write up my toddler egg box snake craft idea for a while now, but in between moving my blog to a self hosted option and having a house of ill children (and ill mummy!) for what feels like forever, it has been sat waiting to be written!
I fear that my lovely egg box snake isn’t quite worth the wait, but I will share with you anyway as Daniel and I had a lovely time making it, and it will forever remind me of when he demonstrated that he could count.
Anyhow, Daniel is really getting into crafting at the moment, and as with the cardboard tube owl we made I am trying to play to things he is interested in. So I decided we would (attempt!) to make a snake. From an egg box. The snake that Daniel is familiar with is from the Gruffalo but we had a look on my ipad at some other snakes and talked about how they were long and then we set about making one.
To make the snake I cut the egg box in half along the bit where the eggs are held. I used the lid of the box for Daniel to store his pens and other bits in. He thought this was amazing and had great fun putting his pens in it and the pom poms and paper we were using (great for fine motor skills as he hadn’t yet turned two when we made this snake).
I had initially started out thinking we would use pens on the egg box, but Daniel hasn’t really got the hang of pens yet, so we quickly changed to using tissue paper and pom poms. I put plenty of PVA on the egg box and let Daniel loose with the pom poms and paper.
This really held his attention and left me to get on with some colouring of my own. He was telling me about the pom poms, colours that they were etc and was really engaged in the activity.
Once the egg box was decorated and finished I glued the two bits together to form a longer snake. We then affixed two eyes to the snake (which as with the Owl was Daniel’s favourite bit – and the bit he kept pointing out to his daddy!). I had intended to make a tongue for the snake using some ribbon but didn’t have any to hand so used a pipe cleaner, which doesn’t quite have the same effect, but worked for us.
This was such an easy craft to do and as the cardboard egg boxes are quite sturdy it stood up to the heavy-handedness of Daniel who got a bit excited at times. I think we will return to the in the future when Emma can also join in and maybe get the paints out as well.
Have you made an egg box snake, or do you have any other craft activities using egg boxes?