Lately, my boys have been super interested in anything creepy-crawly. Bugs, spiders, slugs – you name it! This summer we have seen a lot of slugs and snails in our yard and on nature walks. I feel like I’ve never seen so many in one summer! I’m likely just noticing them more because my kids notice them so often. They like to look under rocks or logs to find these little (or sometimes BIG) creatures and observe them for a while. So I thought it would be fun to “have some we can take inside” and make a slug and snail finger puppet!
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All you need is chenille stems (pipe cleaners), googly eyes, and recycled tops from squeezy food pouches. I used hot glue to attach the eyes and food pouch top “shell”. If you don’t have any food pouch tops sitting around, you can do without it and just call it a slug! Perfect 🙂
Here’s how we made these simple snail finger puppets:
– First, put to chenille stems side by side.
– Next, bend the top of the stems so they hook near the base of your child’s finger.
– Wrap around and around until you get to the end of the finger, but be sure to leave enough of the stem to make the tentacles. If you’re dong this with an older child, you can start further up the finger so there’s enough stem left for tentacles. Don’t wrap too tight because it needs to be able to slide off. These are great because they are custom fit for the child making it.
– Bend what’s left of the stems to resemble tentacles and so they have a place to glue the googly eyes.
– Attach the googly eyes.
– Attach the food pouch top so it looks like the snail’s shell.
And that’s it! Slip your snail finger puppet back onto your finger once the glue is dry and you’re ready to play!
Looking for a fun activity to do with your snail?
Try The Snail and the Whale book activity to make some fun process art with your snail!
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