{Play} Segmented Coffee Sleeve Snake & Paper Roll Puffy Caterpillar

March 14, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

I’m what you might call an upcycling hoarder.  I can’t throw out anything that might have a second – or third or fourth – life.  If it can be repurposed, it will be stored.  Somewhere.  Regardless whether we have room for it.  I’m always glad when I pick through my stash to find something I can use for my own crafts or in an activity for the kids.

These cute little critters are the perfect example:

Our snake, made out of toilet paper rolls and coffee sleeves, is not your ordinary homemade reptile.  This snake is segmented, so it slithers in a more life-like wriggly way.  So much so that Sam was afraid to play with it!  And our sticky little puffy caterpillar is just as much fun to pull apart as it is to put together.


  • Paper rolls or tubes
  • Coffee sleeves
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glue

  • Paper Rolls or Tubes
  • Contact Paper
  • Pom Poms
  • Googly Eyes

How To {Snake}

How To {Caterpillar}

Just wrap the roll and stick on the pom poms!

Note:  We tried gluing the pom poms at first, but the drying time made this method ineffective since the pom poms kept falling off.

Our little friends’ first meeting:

LEARN!  Fine motor skills, free play, imaginative play

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Happy Creature Creating!

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