Snakes aren’t cuddly creatures, but they are still fascinating for most kids. A lot of kids have a sort of love/hate relationship with snakes, as they can be both fun and dangerous. When studying the letter S, the snake is the perfect creature to illustrate how the letter sounds, as you have to make such a dramatic S sound when saying the word snake. Snakes also say “ssss” which makes them even more fun to learn about along with the letter S. This craft is not only a fun way to learn the letter S, but it also builds fine motor skills for little ones at the same time, which will make learning to read easier later on.
Letter S Craft: Snake Craft for Kids
What you’ll need to make the S is for snake craft for each child:
- 1 green pipe cleaner
- 1 red bead
- 2 googly eyes
- 12 green pony beads
S is for Snake Craft Directions
This craft is super easy to make and requires no advanced prep. As a bonus, kids are also practicing fine motor skills!
- Take one bead and bend the pipe cleaner around it, hiding the end. This will keep the beads from falling off and keep the kids from poking themselves on the wire end.
- String the other beads onto the pipe cleaner, leaving just a bit of space between them so the snake can bend.
- You can let the kids stack more than 12 beads for their snakes, but I found that 12 was enough to look like a snake without using too many beads.
- Glue the pom pom to the end of the snake. Glue the googly eyes and red bead to the snake’s head to complete it.
Shape the snakes’ bodies into the letter S shape as a reminder for what letter the snake stands for.
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle's Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle's Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created "sunshine moments" to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 7 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets. Over the last 7 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.