S is for Snake: A Letter of the Week Preschool Craft

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I’m Anna from the Measured Mom, bringing you yet another activity in our Letter of the Week craft series at Crystal and Company.  This is one of my kids’ favorite crafts to date – I hope your kids love it too.  Who wouldn’t love painting with spaghetti?  Be sure to head to your library to check out the book recommendations at the end of the post. Try to find some time for those rhymes and songs too!

S is for snake


s is for snake


  • letter S pattern (get it here: Letter S pattern)
  • snake tongue cut out of red construction paper
  • 2 googly eyes
  • washable paint
  • kitchen tongs
  • cooked spaghetti
  • glue
  • one piece of plain construction paper
  • box lid
  • 3 cereal bowls
  • tape

s is for snake

 1. Use the kitchen tongs to put the cooked spaghetti into three different bowls.  This is great fine motor practice – but if your preschooler likes to get messy, turn it into sensory play instead and let him scoop it with his hands!

s is for snake

2. Choose three colors of paint.  Squirt a little into each bowl. (Mom did this step at our house :)).

s is for snake

3. For fine motor practice, lift the spaghetti with the tongs and drop it back in the bowl.  Repeat a few times until the paint is mixed in.  For messy sensory fun, mix with your hands!

s is for snake

4. Tape the S into the box lid.

s is for snake

5. Dump the spaghetti into the lid!

s is for snake

6. Tip the box back and forth until you’ve painted the S with spaghetti.

s is for snake

7. Let your painting dry.

s is for snake

 8. After a few hours,cut out the S and glue it to a piece of plain construction paper.

s is for snake

9. Add the googly eyes.

s is for snake

10. Add the tongue, and you’re done!

s is for snake

11. Here they are!  All our S’s look the same because each of the kids chose red, yellow, and orange. 🙂  Those colors do make pretty snakes!

Another really fun “S” craft to do are these Printable Shoe Lacing Cards that will help your little ones learning to tie their shoes!


This was a new rhyme for me. It’s so fun to say!

Sippity sup, sippity sup, 
Bread and milk from a china cup.
Bread and milk from a bright silver spoon
Made of a piece of the bright silver moon.
Sippity sup, sippity sup,
Sippity, sippity sup.

 Here’s a classic nursery rhyme that all kids should know:

Simple Simon met a pieman
Going to the fair.
Said Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Let me taste your ware.”
Said the pieman to Simple Simon,
“Show me first your penny.”
Said Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Indeed I have not any.” 

Lots of letter S’s in this one!

Sally go round the sun,
Sally go round the moon.
Sally go round the chimney pots
On a Saturday afternoon.



Swimmy, by Leo Lionni

Swimmy is a little fish whose friends are swallowed up by a giant predator.   When Swimmy joins a new school, he helps his friends swim together in the shape of a giant fish so that they can outsmart their enemy.  It’s an engaging story with a great lesson – work together to make the best of a bad situation!


Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown

My six-year-old still can’t get enough of “Stone Soup” variations.  This old folktale tells of hungry travelers who ask a woman for food. When she refuses, they decide to make stone soup. A stone goes into the pot – but it needs just one thing more.  When the woman is tricked into providing one thing after another, the stone soup becomes hearty and delicious!

snowy day

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

This vintage story is by that master of childhood, Ezra Jack Keats.  Children enjoy the simple pictures and can relate to Peter’s day making snow angels, catching snowflakes on his tongue, and throwing snowballs — unless they live in a very warm climate. In that case, this book will make them wish they had snow!



Anna taught eight years and received her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on literacy. In 2007 she began her career as a stay-at-home mom. She has four children – a girl (6) and three boys (4,3,1). She enjoys teaching them at home and after her daughter’s morning at school. Anna blogs at www.themeasuredmom.com.

More Alphabet Resources

Handwriting Tracing Kit For Preschoolers



  1. Vera Lima says:

    This is so cool! Kids will love it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, what a fun idea. Painting with spaghetti, who knew!?
    Thanks for linking up at Artsy Play Wednesday. Pinned to our group board.

    1. Fun and messy. Two things my boys love! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Angela!

  3. Jenny @Muddy Toes says:

    Love this letter s activity! My son is 2 and just recently started becoming interested in letters, I will definitely have to try his, spaghetti painting is great fun! 🙂 x

    1. Jenny, I am looking forward to doing these this Fall with my 4 year old!

  4. I love how you made the “S” into a snake! And thanks for the fun songs at the end. 🙂 I love alphabet crafts/ideas, so I can’t wait to check out the rest of your series! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    Wow! This looks like fun! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at TGIF!

  6. My boys will love this letter craft… you get messy making it and you end up with a snake. That’s a win-win in a boys world! I wanted to let you know I featured this craft in my hands on literacy ideas for mom’s library on ready-set-read.com today. Thanks for linking up!

  7. Perfect activity for our S week in preschool. My son had more fun than ever and our chickens enjoyed the extra spaghetti!

  8. Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents says:

    I think it should have been S is for Snickers. 😉

    1. Snickers would be yummy! I would want to learn the letter S every day.

  9. Christina says:

    Love your ideas here!! Do you have any crafts for the rest of the letters….T-Z?

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