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S for Snake

Sean was so happy with making the giraffe as our first track out project, that we repeated the activity with S for Snake as the subject.


Materials we used:

  • Foam board – red for the tongue
  • Champagne Cork for the head
  • White paper for the teeth
  • Wood stick (picked up from Lowes, then cut at various sizes)
  • Bottle caps (6)
  • String
  • Two eyes (picked up from AC Moore or any craft store)
  • Super Glue or Wood Glue (for the teeth and eyes)
  1. Drill a hole in approx. center of the Champagne Cork, wood and Bottle tops.
  2. Tie a knot at the end of the string (big enough to make sure the string does not slip through). You may need to melt the end depending on what type of string you use.
  3. Wrap the other end of the string with a small piece of duck tape – try to get a slightly narrow end at the tip – it makes it easier to thread through.
  4. Sean was able to thread the string through the pieces easily enough (with assistance).  Start with the bottle caps for the tail (it rattles 🙂 ), then the wood pieces and finish with the champagne cork.
  5. Tie another knot on the string, but you will want to bend the snake to make sure you tie it loose enough. If needed melt the end of the string on this end as well.
  6. Cut a strip of the red foam and double it up to cut the tongue shape. Take of the backing and press the tongue pieces together with the string in the middle (like a sandwich).
  7. Glue on the eyes and teeth.
  8. Use paint, crayons, markers or paper to decorate the pieces of wood.

Here was his journal entry, his picture, the word snake he sounded out and wrote and his story.

“Snakes curl around whatever it finds and squeezes it. The snake opens its mouth and swallows whatever it finds. His body is then very big.”


Now to come up with the next one….I think we will do “Caves” or “B for Bats” based on our trip to the blue mountains.

G is for Giraffe

Sean, my son, is tracked out (vacation) from school (kindergarden) for the next 3 weeks; and his teacher gave him a journal for him to keep track of his activities. To fill that book we are doing lots of different activities.

Our first track out art project was creating a giraffe from the Eco Crafts Kit by Alex.

It turned out great. We made some changes to the directions, mostly since the glue stick does not do a great job sticking the pieces together. The changes we made included my son coloring the legs instead of using paper to decorate, and also we used 2 pipe cleaners to hold the leg pieces and attach to the main body.

Sean enjoys taking his own photos, here is the one he took of his Giraffe.

In his track out journal he captured a drawing of his giraffe, and labelled it “Giraf” (with a post correction)…he did great sounding out all the letters.

He told me the cutest story about what he knows about Giraffes, we captured it also in his journal:

“Giraffes eat grass, trees and leaves. They use their necks to reach the high leaves.”

What can I say – very proud of my son, and love doing the crafty activities with him.