Slithering Snake


Learn about snake habits and habitats, then create your own model of a snake in its natural surroundings.


1. Independently, or in small groups of younger or special-needs students, research the types of snakes that live in your area. Find out what kind of habitat in which each snake lives. For example, in Australia, the green tree python or the Emerald Tree Boa, is found in trees in the rain forest. The Common Kingsnake is popular in North and Central America. This snake is black and white in California, but different shades in other areas.

2. Using Crayola® Model Magic, mold one snake that you might find in your backyard or a park nearby. Find pictures of the snake so you can show details such as its teeth, markings, or rattles.

3. Cover your work area with newspaper. Paint your snake with Crayola Washable Tempera Paints and Crayola Paint Brushes. Dry.

4. Some snakes have intricate stripes and designs. An Eastern Coral Snake has rings of red, black, and white that are so bright they look like they were just colored. Use Crayola Glitter Glue to make your snake's designs.

5. Create your snake's natural habitat with items such as potting soil, twigs, leaves, or grass in a box. Glue materials to the box with Crayola School Glue. Dry. Place your snake in its natural surroundings.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.


  • Students write a report about their snake's habitat, eating habits, and protection devices. For example, some snakes, such as the Egg-Eating Snake, feed on birds' eggs.
  • Compare and contrast various snakes. Each one is unique. Students can find the difference between back-fanged snakes and front-fanged snakes. A back-fanged snake will only eat small animals and is not harmful to humans.
  • Students give oral presentations about their snakes with a puppet show, and then display their projects. The snakes talk about their lives and what it is like to be a reptile that slithers.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • shoe box
  • recycled boxes
  • paper towels
  • potting soil
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research information about snakes that live in their region, identifying their markings and habitats.

  • Students create a diorama with a sculpted local snake living in a replica of its natural habitat.


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