Who knew that a snail craft could be so adorable? And this one is made extra special using some recycled newspaper to give it a special look. This simple paper craft goes together quickly, especially when you use the free snail craft template. Once you finish it, make up some stories and play with your snail craft too.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Recycled newspaper
- Construction paper
- Stapler with staples
- Googly eyes
- Glue stick
- Snail craft template
This list of supplies is part of the master list of supplies that we use for every single creative project on this site. Now, your first thought might be…”why would they do that?” And, I’m glad you asked…it’s to make sure that you have the time you need to craft with your kids so that you don’t miss making memories with your kids, creating together. Just fill your bag using our master list of basic supplies, and you will be ready to make anything you see here without any extra prep.
Enhance your crafting experience with some of these fun snail activities and books for kids:
Snail Craft Instructions
Step 1: Cut Recycled Newspaper Circles
- Find a section of newspaper that is just print (or the comics if you prefer). Avoid pages with large pictures of advertisements.
- Layer together 2 pieces of newspaper and draw a large circle with a pencil or marker.
- Cut out 2 large identical circles, about the width of a page of newspaper when it’s folded.
Step 2: Use the Snail Craft Template
- Print out the snail craft template.
- Use it to cut the head and tail of your snail from construction paper, using the color of your choice.
Step 3: Put Together Your Snail Craft
- Sandwich the tail of the snail in between your cut out newspaper circles.
- Secure it in place with staples, keeping the staples close together.
- Do the same with the head of your snail.
- Then staple around the rest of the newspaper circle, leaving a section about 5″ wide open at the top for placing the stuffing later.
Step 4: Paint the Shell
- Pinch a small pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Squeeze a bit of paint out onto some newspaper or a paper plate. Use whatever color you like.
- Paint a spiral onto the middle of the newspaper circle to create your snail’s shell. **If you really don’t want to get the paint out, use markers or crayons for this step instead.
- Last, place the googly eyes and use markers to color on some details.
Step 5: Stuff It
- Tear strips of newspaper and crumple each one up into a ball.
- Place the balls of newspaper, one at a time, into the opening you left in the top of the snail’s shell until the shell is nice and puffy.
- Once the shell has been stuffed, close the opening with your stapler.
Now that you know how to make a snail craft, it’s time to really get creative. There are no rules here. Use any colors that you want and add any details the make you happy. The only limit here is your imagination!