You remember all those milk bottle tops?
Well today we used them for our Holiday Bible Club Craft. The bible story was about Moses and Aaron speaking to Pharaoh – and Aaron’s staff turned into a snake [Exodus 7]
For each child you will need the following
- a handful of bottle tops [around 30-40 each]
- a champagne cork
- half a wine bottle cork
- half a shoelace
- a pair of ‘goggle eyes’
The tops and corks were donated by our congregation – and the shoelaces were on cards of twelve pairs from the PoundShop [DollarStore] The eyes came from The Works, 99p a pack.
Beforehand, ask someone to slice the wine corks in half and drill them, and also drill the champagne corks and bottle tops. Then paint all corks green. Cut laces in half [ours ended up 35-45cm long] and make a firm double knot on the cut end.
Thread the aglet** through the champagne cork [easiest way is to use a bent pipecleaner like a traditional needle threader] Now let the children thread on their bottle tops, until there is about 6cm of lace left. Thread on the half-cork. Make a double knot. Stick on the eyes, draw a mouth on the champagne cork.
Voila! a snake
This is my ‘Demo-Snake’ – but the children have really loved making their this morning – even the teenagers wanted to do them!
This craft ticks all my boxes for Holiday Club
- The materials were free/incredibly cheap [less than 10p per child] and people are pleased to help collect them for you
- There wasn’t too much skill needed to make a snake
- But there was scope for individuality in terms of arrangement of coloured tops, and placement of eyes etc.
- For younger children it is good for counting, sorting and hand-eye co-ordination [sorry – that’s all ‘teacher speak’!]
- It can be used for loads of different Bible stories e.g. Creation, Adam&Eve, Noah’s ark, Aaron’s rod [as today] Moses “snake on a stick” [Numbers 21] Paul and the viper [Acts 28]
Having just typed it, I am quite taken with the idea of “Snake On a Stick” – it sounds like a bizarre form of street food!
**Aglet is the proper name for the stiffened end of a shoelace.