Monday, September 7, 2015

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Anaconda Snake Rainforest Craft & Fun Facts!!

These snakes are super cute, easy for all ages to make, and have loads of room for a personal artistic touch!!

These paper plate Anacondas (a snake from the Amazon) would go great with a Snake Unit, Rainforest Unit, or as a Letter A or Letter S project!  We made ours as part of our Brazil day for our homeschool co-op, but you can use it with many age groups...including toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and school-age kiddos! 

Making them is super easy!!  You just need these

Simple Supplies:

* paper plate
* scissors
* yellow and blue paint
* paintbrushes
* optional: wiggly eyes

Easy How To:

1- Let your kids cut the paper plate into a spiral.  Younger children may need help with this, but our all our kids four and older cut it themselves.

2- Let your children paint their Anacondas!  Anacondas in the wild come in a variety of yellows, greens, and browns.  Your children can experiment with different shades of green by mixing blues and yellows.

3- They can add eyes with paint or wiggly eyes!

4- Let them dry, and your anacondas are ready for some Amazon adventures!

Green Anaconda Fun Facts:

Image Source:  "Anaconda Loreto Peru" by Dave Lonsdale - Anaconda. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

Green Anacondas are amazing animals!  Here are eight fun facts about them:

1- Scientific Name: Eunectes murinus   

2- Top Length: 29 feet

3- Weight: 500+ pounds!  Heaviest snake in the world!

4- Home: Swamps, marshes, streams in South America

5- Diet:  Fish, birds, pigs, and more!

6- Venomous: NO!  Anacondas bite their prey to hold them still, but kill them by squeezing them.

7- Eggs:  Females carry eggs inside their bodies. Those eggs hatch while still inside, so it looks like the female gives birth to live young without eggs!

8- Life-span: 10+ years in wild, 30+ years in captivity

Have fun learning about anacondas, the rainforest, the Amazon, or whatever else you're working on!  If you make some paper plate snakes, I'd love to see them!!

I may share at any of these parties!

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