Paper Snail Craft

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I love how cute these little paper snails are!  And what’s even neater is that they remind us to be slow to speak and slow to get angry.  Don’t we all need that reminder?

Younger kids will probably need help with some of the fine-motor skill tasks.  Thanks to Make and Takes for the original idea!

Materials:

  • construction paper
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners
  • glue/stapler/tape
  • markers/crayons/colored pencils

Directions:

1. Cut construction paper into 1 1/2″ x 12″ strips.  Provide several color choices.

2. Cut pipe cleaner about 2 1/2″ in length and bend into shape of a staple, like so: ∏.

3. About 2″ back from end of paper strip, carefully push sharpened ends of pipe cleaner through paper until two antennae are poking out on one side of the paper.  Trim to make even if necessary.

4. Fold paper under so that antennae are still poking up and secure loop in place with glue/staple/tape.  (Consult photo for guidance.)

5. Decorate top and bottom of strips with any design.

6. Starting at end farthest from antennae (with antennae facing up), tightly wrap end of paper around pencil or marker and begin to roll up.  Continue to tightly roll paper around pencil/marker until just before you reach antennae.

7. Slowly release coiled paper to reveal snail’s shell.

8. Give children a note card with James 1:19-20 printed on it, or review verse with them.

My dear brothers and sisters, pay attention to what I say. Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry. Human anger doesn’t produce the holy life God wants.

James 1:19-20 (NIRV)

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