your local public library and check out different books on
snakes. These look great as part of table centerpieces or
as general decorations placed throughout your party area.
They can either be laying flat or they can also be propped
up in a half open fashion (remember to visit both the children's
AND adult's section of the library.)
paper plate snakes! Get simple, paper plates and cut
them in a spiral Starting from the outer edge begin
cutting into the plate in a circular, spiral pattern
(making several rotations into the plate before making
your way to the center.) Once at the center, do your
best to allow a 'knob' (not cutting ALL the way into
the center.) The inner area of the spiral would be the
head of the snake. You can hang the snake from the head
by string, twine or ribbon
or even wrap them around
your vines or streamers.
up some facts on snakes at your local library and periodically
ask your guests them throughout the party, awarding
points as you go (true or false might be the way to
go for younger crowds). Give a prize to the individual
with the most points at the end of the party.
a desert snake feel, sprinkle sand around your centerpiece
you know of anyone with a pet snake, have them bring it to
the party for your guests to pet. Keep in mind that snakes
can be temperamental and might only want to be around people
for a short while.
paper roll snakes! Gather some toilet paper rolls. Punch a
hole at the edge of one tube and another hole across the tube
from it. Take string, yarn, ribbon or anything else you have
handy and string together two toilet paper tubes with the
holes you punched. You can attach a Styrofoam head at the
end of the tubes for the head, or just draw a face one of
the end pieces of the snake. Now you can play with the snake
and wiggle it around. You don't want too much space between
the tubes, but enough for the snake to wiggle back and forth.
Make a snake cake! Bake two cakes in a bundt cake pan. Now
cut the circles in half and lay them out making an "S"
shaped cake. Put frosting between the ends to hold the cake
together. Frost the entire cake green and use icing to make
a snake face.
This is a quick and simple game useful for filler time between
other activities. Hold a jump rope or simple rope in front
of you on the ground stretched out. Tell the explorers that
it's a python. They have to walk up to you and touch your
hat - or hand, or whatever else you have - without touching
the snake. Now, wiggle the rope by your end - making ripples.
You could also attach a sock to the end of the rope and either
sew or use a permanent marker to make a head for the end of
the rope nearest the children.