Here’s a fun snake craft that kids of all ages will enjoy! Make snakes from salt dough, and then paint them. Kids can pattern them after real snakes, or they can just paint them fun colors!
I don’t know about you, but we are ALL ready for the end of the school year around here! We’re finished with a couple subjects, but we’ve still got more math and grammar to do.
Anyway, to keep interest going for the younger ones, I did a couple of snake books last week, and then we made salt dough snakes. All of the boys really like snakes, and I really don’t. But at least these were harmless!
To make the salt dough, we mixed:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 T oil
Mix all the ingredients and knead the dough until it’s smooth. Then you’re ready to make some snakes!
We baked our snakes for 3 hours at 200 degrees F. Then I let them sit out overnight before we painted them.
Once our snakes were ready to paint, we got out some of our animal books to decide what colors and patterns to use.
Then we painted the snakes with acrylic paint.
My 13 year old wanted to make a realistic rattle snake, and I think it turned out well!
I sprayed the snakes with a coat of polyurethane to keep the paint from chipping.
Another thing to keep in mind when using acrylic paint is that the paint easily comes off the salt dough if kids handle the snakes before they are fully dry. Try to paint the snakes without holding them, or hold the part you haven’t painted yet. If you want to add a second coat of paint, let the snakes dry for an hour or so in between coats.
Aren’t the snakes fun? I honestly can’t believe I’m saying that about snakes! I painted the coral snake, and the kids did the others. I really like how the kids posed their snakes. Looking at pictures while making them really helps.
This post was originally published in May 2013 and updated May 2020.
Need more animal craft ideas?
Make some Pipe Cleaner Monkeys – these are really cute!
These Egg Carton Turtles are another favorite craft.
And if you like snakes, we also recommend this Paracord Snake Craft!