Making an egg box snake

Making an egg box snake

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.

Eggbox snake craftTo 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?

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14 Comments

  1. Pauline
    13th November 2014 / 21:11

    Daniel engages in these projects really well. These little ones love producing stuff like this, and as well as the developmental and physical benefits it looks like fun! Sam and William still love their projects, as does Kayley at 10 years old. Look forward to seeing your next projects.

  2. Pam Francis Gregory
    14th November 2014 / 07:53

    Wow that’s really vreative – we’ll have to give this a go!

  3. LEE HARDY
    15th November 2014 / 11:40

    This is a good idea & looks like lots of fun.

  4. Jeanette
    15th November 2014 / 15:41

    Great idea! My little boy loves doing things like this.

  5. Joanna @mumbalance
    18th November 2014 / 20:04

    Seems like a lovely little craft idea 🙂
    glad that you are all better xx
    #letkidsbekids

  6. 18th November 2014 / 20:57

    Looks like he had fun, I have been meaning to attempt a dinosaur with an egg box but haven’t got around to it yet! a caterpillar is a great idea. #letkidsbekids

  7. Charlotte
    18th November 2014 / 21:09

    Yes! Love creation with egg boxes, can make some really unusual stuff 🙂 Nice snake 🙂

  8. 19th November 2014 / 13:28

    Such a fab idea! I was telling my OH to start collecting empty packaging etc so we can get creative with Lamb. Will definitely come back to this post soon to give the snake a go! xx

    • 19th November 2014 / 20:43

      awww, I have a big box full of empty boxes and the such! Can’t wait to see you snake xx

  9. 19th November 2014 / 21:07

    Aww this is briliant! We recently made a caterpillar out of a long side of an egg box like this to go with the girls’ obsession with Eric Carle, but a snake sounds great – especially to tie in with the whole Gruffalo thing! Thanks so much, lovely post and lovely pics 🙂

    • 19th November 2014 / 21:11

      thank you xx
      Daniel isn’t yet into the hungry caterpillar so I may be redoing it once he is!! x

  10. 20th November 2014 / 18:01

    That’s a brilliant snake! Love all the little bits and bobs you had out to stick on there!
    #ToddlerApprovedTuesday 🙂

  11. 21st November 2014 / 19:27

    I love that snake. Egg box crafts are such good fun for little ones, very simple, but so effective.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  12. 22nd November 2014 / 14:54

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday, I will have to remember this as I always throw our egg boxes out! Im sure the hubby will be dead chuffed that I am adding to our ever growing ”craft pile”!!

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