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One of the ultimate forms of play that stays with us throughout our lives is making things. Otherwise known as crafting.
Which is, even though I’m not really the craft mom type, I do make a point of crafting with my kids. They seem to enjoy it too.
My play was to craft a paper plate snail with the kids. I had this great plan to stick a paper plate to the back of a printed snail to serve as it’s house. And then the kids could decorate the house and add eyes to the snail.
Of course, once again my kids thwarted my intentions.
They decided to do without the paper plate.
My argument that we were doing a paper plate craft was pointless and went largely unheard.
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What we did instead
They did stick to the snail craft, though. Being boys, they are fascinated by creepy, crawly and slimey things. (Actually, I know that fascination isn’t limited to just boys, one of Q’s girl friends adores slime as well. Maybe it’s a general kid thing that I just missed as a child.)
I had printed some snail silhouettes in different colors. Since the silhouettes had houses on them already, the boys cut out the snails and decorated the silhouettes. It worked fine.
I was surprised by how enthusiastic they were about this crafting idea. Because, let’s face it, sometimes it’s just a guessing game.
I was also surprised by how well C managed to glue on the googly eyes. I expected having to help, but that was not necessary at all anymore. Okay, so one of the eyes was at a 90 degree angle, giving his snail a slightly dopey look. But it’s quite adorable
I did have to help cut out C’s silhouette for him. At three years of age, he can more or less cut out the general shape, but the details were definitely beyond him. Will have to practice cutting some more.
While the boys were busy with their scissors, I took some colored paper. First, I cut some strips of paper off (stacking several colors together, because I don’t want it to take too long) and then cutting those strips into squares.
The kids then took the squares to decorate their snails with. Q also stamped his name and age on his snail. Which inspired C to also scribble something (“Look, I wrote my name too, mommy!”).
The remainder of the squares I saved in a little box for another crafting session.
Fine motor skills
Items used for our snail papercraft:
- Snail silhouette;
- Googly eyes;
- Colored paper;
How to make snail papercraft:
To make this snail papercraft, start by googling and printing a snail silhouette. If you child is confident with a pair of scissors already then he or she can cut out the silhouette themselves. If not, cut it out for them.
Have them choose a pair of eyes and glue those onto the snail.
Then they can decorate with colored bits of paper. Take some colored paper and cut into strips and then into squares.
Alternatively, they can also add stickers, bits of yarn or anything else that will sick with glue.
Hang the kids’ snail papercraft to the fridge to be admired.
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