You can bring the “wild wild west” to life for your kids with this easy snake craft. I purchased a tie on clearance at Target for our snake, but you can also raid daddy’s closet for old ties instead of buying something new.
First, we cut a bit of length off the end where it was too narrow, then stuffed bells into the seam to be the snake’s rattle. You can also use wooden beads for this step – anything that will make a noise!
Secure the bells or beads between two elastic bands.
For the head, stuff in two old socks. I was worried the socks would fall out, so used a safety pin to help keep them in place.
To finish our wiggly friend, Travis glued on two googly eyes and decorated with markers.
Squiggles from Travis, diamonds care of mama. (And yes, he insisted on wearing another pair of old socks on his hands as he worked, ha!)
Now it was time to take our snake out for play. He can squiggle…
…or coil up in a ball!
As we played with the snake, we talked about other Wild West critters, like vultures and armadillos. Your kids can pretend to be the animals, curling up in a ball like the armadillo, or trotting through the Western town horseback. For more Wild West fun, see our Koala Crate from ages ago!