Valentine's Day Themed Snake Craft
2. Starting with the tail, glue hearts one at a time so that each point overlaps the previous heart's top (see top image below, the tail is to the far right). I did 9 hearts for the craft, so that we could use 3 of each color. Once you have them all glued together, you can leave them as they are, or flip the snake over. If you choose to flip the snake over, I like to put another heart on top to make the head stand out (see bottom image).
When building the snake, you can easily target sequencing, modifiers, phrases, requesting, following directions, answering questions, making choices, taking turns, plurals, negation, executive function, retell/narrative, or just about any other language goal. For some of my kids, we were aiming just to get through 10 steps without having a breakdown.
To add specific articulation, I had some of my kids build their snake quickly and then we glued pictures of target words onto each heart after practicing a designated number of times. It is surprising how much work some 3-6 year olds are willing to do in order to be able to 'help' squeeze the glue onto the paper. This activity was a dream for s-blends, final consonants (especially /k/), and kids who don't do well with drill.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou