Toilet paper roll Coiled snake

Many snake species kill the prey, which may be a mouse, a rat or other small animal, by wrapping their bodies around it. Luckily, the following snake is made of paper and therefore it is completely harmless.
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Materials and tools: 

  • One or more toilet paper rolls. For one snake you need one roll.
  • Scissors.
  • Watercolor paints to paint the snake's body.
  • Paintbrush.
  • Glue.
  • Colored paper. 
  • A black marker.
1. Use the watercolors and a brush to paint the outside of the roll. Try to make a multicolor surface by applying two or three colors. 
Paint the toilet paper roll

2. With scissors, make a continuous slit around the roll, starting from the top edge and ending to the bottom edge.
Cut the toilet paper roll

3. When finish cutting, the roll will be a coiled strip. 
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4. With scissor, trim the pointed edge of the strip. 
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5. Cut two triangles, one opposite the other, to shape the neck of the snake.

6. Cut out of colored paper a snake's tongue and two eyes.   

7. Glue the eyes and the tongue onto the snake's face. 
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The snake is ready. You can keep it coiled or uncurl it. 
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Experiment with the appearance of the snake's skin!
Snake's skin is a great example of the variety of shapes and colors found in nature. Search the Internet for snake skin photos to draw inspiration for your own project. 
  • Pick some vivid colors and draw on the outer surface of the roll several shapes, like curved stripes, dots, geometric patterns, etc.  

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Play with the liquid glue to create abstract shapes!
1. Make curved, random lines with liquid glue over the outer surface of the roll.
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2. Let the glue dry well and paint with watercolors the outer of the roll. The glued lines will remain transparent. 
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3. Draw along the glued lines with a black marker to highlight the random shapes. 

4. Do you think that this texture represents successfully the scaled skin of a snake?
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