In this easy and inexpensive craft, students create a snail from a paper plate, then add tissue paper, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes as decoration.

You can easily turn this craft into a lesson about patterns by having your students choose three or four colors to repeat in a consistent pattern along the snail's shell.




What You Need

  • Paper plates, one per student
  • Assorted colors of tissue paper cut into 1-inch by 1-inch squares
  • 9- by 12-inch green construction paper, one sheet per 2 students
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 5-inch pieces of pipe cleaners, one per student
  • Googly eyes, at least one per student
  • Black crayons or markers

What You Do

  1. Before class, cut the 9- by 12-inch green construction paper lengthwise into halves.
  2. Have your students use a pencil to draw a large swirl on the inside of their paper plates. This will be used as a guide for the students to glue tissue paper along. Note: You may want to demonstrate this step for younger students.
  3. Have your students glue tissue paper squares along the swirl on the paper plate. To keep the craft colorful and exciting, students should alternate colors and try not to have two of the same colors together or create a pattern of colors. Set the paper plates aside to dry.
  4. Help your students cut a hot-dog shape from the green construction paper for the snail’s body. The hot-dog shape should be longer than the width of the paper plate.
  5. Have your students glue the green snail's body to the back of the paper plate so it appears on either side of the plate, as shown.
  6. Have the students choose a 5-inch piece of pipe cleaner and fold it in half. They can bend the loose ends of the pipe cleaner if they want to.
  7. Have the students glue the pipe cleaner to the snail's body to create antennae.
  8. Let your students decorate the snail's face by gluing on a googly eye and drawing a smile with the crayons or markers.