🐍 An easy craft to get you started, your little mess makers will have so much messy fun making a slithering snake. What better way to explore paint than with your fingers! It’s good to know finger painting is a great sensory experience, helping to develop hand muscles to prepare your children for writing skills 🐍

What you need

  • Paper plate
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (paint them if you don’t have googly eyes)
  • Coloured foam
  • Glue
  • Little hands (mainly fingers)

Messy Instructions

Step 1

Squirt 2 different shades of paint onto a plate and get your little mess makers to use their fingers and make finger splodges all over the plate – you don’t need to completely cover it.

Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes.


Step 2

Whilst your waiting for the paint to dry, grab your foam and cut them into tongue shapes – rectangle around 1 – 2 inches long and 0.5 inches wide (adjust as you see fit). At one end of the rectangle cut a ‘V’.

Step 3

Once the paint has dried cut a spiral shape into the plate, just remember to leave a round ish shape in the centre for the head.

Step 4

Your snake is nearly complete, now glue on some eyes and the tongue. Leave the snake (the glue part) to dry for around 20 minutes before hanging them up and playing with them.


If your feeling creative you can always mix it up and make different colour snakes 🐍.

Please share your designs with me on my facebook page and don’t forget to use #borntomessaround and #messaroundoxfordshire to share your pictures with our wider community!

I hope you enjoyed reading about making snake plates, I’ll have some more fab ideas in my next blog.

See you soon Emily x