Monday, August 27, 2012

Easy Craft for Kids: Paper Plate Snails

Snails are the latest obsession at our household.   The pet snails often go for a ride in the baby stroller, so it's only fitting that we create a craft for the pet snails. In fact, I can hear her right now, talking to "Rosita", who is the one snail that has survived our crazy household.  Rosita is getting a lecture about why she needs to stay in the stroller and not jump out.  I'm sure Rosita is listening intently.

Anyway, back to our snail craft.  First we painted paper plates.  My kids love to paint so much that Little Buddy often shakes with excitement when I just get the paints out of the closet.  After we got finished with the plates, we had to let them dry.  Then I cut a snail head from the outside of the plate.  the kids helped glue the eyes and for the antennae we used small pipe cleaners:

Beginning of the paper plate snail project for preschoolers

Then we used scissors to cut the paper plate around and around to make the snail shell.  Munchkin Girl helped with this a little, but I had to finish it for her.  Little Buddy, of course, was off playing golf inside the house by this point.

art project for toddlers
Then, once we got everything cut out, we just had to staple the head and tail on and voila!  Our own little snails!
Crafts for Kids

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  1. Love these!! We had a snail obsession at our house for quite awhile too!

  2. The snails are really cute. We will have to try those some time. Thank you for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

    1. You are very welcome! Thanks for putting that linky together for us!!

  3. In addition to the cute snail, this has the added benefit of cutting practice! Just shared on our facebook page. Vicky from


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