When you think about the Amazon Rain Forest, it’s hard not to conjure up visions of snakes. The Amazon is home to anacondas, whip snakes, bushmasters, boas, and coral snakes, just to name a few. Many are venomous, some kill their prey by squeezing them, and others simply open their mouths and swallow their prey. Although this region includes territory belonging to nine regions, 60% of the forest is contained within Brazil. Our craft will allow you to pick your favorite snake and do this Amazon Rain Forest Snake Craft!
Materials and Supplies for Amazon Rain Forest Snake Craft
- card stock paper
- two 8 1/2″ squares of felt, plus scraps of felt or 2 pieces of construction paper and scraps of construction paper
- craft glue
- paint brush
- stapler or pins
- invisible thread or fishing line for hanging
Directions for making Amazon Rain Forest Snake Craft
Note: Inexpensive craft felt is fine for this project.
Use the internet or books to look at Amazon Rain Forest Snakes. Pick one you want to make. We choose the Amazon Tree Boa.
Pick felt or construction paper that matches the background color of your snake.
Cut out two pieces of felt or construction paper and one piece of card stock paper into 8 1/2″ squares.
Mix 1 part craft glue to 1 part water. Mix well.
Using a wide paint brush, paint one side of your card stock with glue. Press your felt or construction paper to the card stock. Turn it over and apply glue to the other side of the card stock and add the other piece of felt or construction paper.
Place weight, like a stack of books, on the felt for about an hour. This will help the felt dry flat. Remove the books and allow to dry overnight.
Make a copy of the pattern and cut away access paper leaving 1/2″ of paper all around the edge of the snake drawing.
Place the pattern on the felt. Pin or staples the pattern to the felt. When you remove the pins or staples, you will not see the holes. If you are using construction paper, transfer the pattern to paper.
Beginning at the head, cut out the snake. Remove pins or staples.
Keep your snake coiled. Looking at pictures of snakes, cut out various markings for their back using scraps of felt or construction paper. Glue them to your snake being careful not to glue pieces over the cut line.
Eyes and a tongue have been including on the pattern. If you want to add a tongue to your felt snake, carefully pull a bit of the felt away from the mouth on the back of the snake’s head, and glue in the tongue, then re-glue the felt. If you are using construction paper, glue the tongue to the back of the mouth.
Allow to dry. Thread needle with thread. String it through the tail of your snake and hang it up!
Note: If your snake starts to “uncoil” over time, take it down and recoil it flat. Weight the snake for a day with heavy books or iron it and then rehang.