Snake Puppet

For generations, stories have been told of Saint Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day by making your own green snake puppet!



Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Step 2.

Paint the Wood Dowel with the acrylic paint. Tip: Place a piece of wax paper under the Wood Dowel to keep it from sticking as you paint. Leave on the wax paper and let dry.

Step 3.

Draw a large oval on the construction paper. Starting at one edge of your oval, draw a spiral that ends near the middle of the oval, as shown.

Step 4.

Cut out the oval.

Step 5.

Begin cutting the paper at the edge where you started drawing the spiral in step 4. Continue cutting along the line, all the way to the middle.

Step 6.

If you gently lift the paper, you will see the head shape in the center and body of the snake coiled around it.

Step 7.

Keeping the snake flat, decorate with Acrylic Jewels, Wiggly Eyes, and Glitter Glue. Let Dry.

Step 8.

Punch a hole in the snakes head.

Step 9.

Thread the end of the Elastic Cord through the hole. Use clear tape to attach the end of the cord to the underside of the snake’s head.

Step 10.

Tie the other end of the Elastic Cord to the end of the Wood Dowel.

Step 11. 

To make your puppet move, just lift the Wood Dowel. Watch the snake uncoil itself and slither along the floor as you move the Dowel.

Further Discussion: 

Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Legend has it, he drove the snakes out of Ireland! For this reason, in paintings and sculptures, Saint Patrick is often depicted holding a crooked staff, leaving shapes into water, sending them from Ireland. Snakes and serpents are often associated with this patron saint.

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