Sparkling Serpent

Sparkling Serpent lesson plan

Is it a snake? A garden hose? A worm? Design and decorate a Sparkling Serpent mask that lets your imagination—and creativity—run wild.

  • 1.

    Read <EM>Claire and the Friendly Snakes</EM>. What objects did Claire think were snakes (but really weren’t)? How were these objects similar to snakes? How were they different? Find pictures of snakes and look closely at their markings.

  • 2.

    Look around your classroom and at home. What things can you find that look similar to snakes?

  • 3.

    Use Crayola® Model Magic to sculpt your own colorful snake mask. Be imaginative, so nobody will mistake it for a real snake!

  • 4.

    Use Crayola Glitter Glue, chenille stems, fake jewels, and other items to decorate your mask. Attach them firmly with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry your mask at least 24 hours.

  • 5.

    Share your serpent mask sculptures with your classmates. What different snakes are represented?


  • Children read and discuss <EM>Claire and the Friendly Snakes</EM> by Lindsey Tate.
  • Children use their imaginations to design and create unique serpent masks.
  • Children practice the skills of observation, comparison, and contrasting.


  • Make a before and after display. Use Crayola Colored Pencils to draw an everyday object that looks like a snake. Then sculpt snakes representing the objects.Try to match each other’s drawings with the sculptures. Display the pictures and sculptures togeth
  • Each student researches a different kind of snake. On a long piece of craft paper, students draw a class-size snake. Children decorate a section of the snake to represent the snake they researched.