There are thousands of different types of snakes in the world, some as thin as a piece of spaghetti and some almost as long as a school bus. They can be lots of different colors and found in lots of different habitats. But what makes a snake a snake? In our recent episode of Curious by Nature we took a look at snake vertebrae, skulls, and jawbones. Inspired by the unique shape of snakes, we are going to make our very own origami snakes!
You’re going to need a square piece of paper and possibly some scissors for today’s activity. A healthy dose of curiosity will help, too.
- Start with a square piece of paper. Fold it in half twice so it creates an x in the center.
- Then fold the upper-right and bottom-right edges meet to the center line, making a kite shape!
- Fold both upper-right and bottom-right edges again meet to the center crease, making a smaller kite shape.
- Next fold the upper and lower right tips of the paper to meet and there is one long crease from end to end. You can think of this crease as the snake’s backbone!
- Next, using both your hands, pinch your paper where your kite pieces and most recent top folds meet to create a triangle fold, there should be two distinct folds happening.
- Then fold the snakes body along the spine again to create an L shape.
- Carefully fold the short part of this L to make your snake skull!
- Then fold the tip of the tail to the skull like an accordion. Each crease is a vertebrae
- Super! you have your very own paper snake, add a tongue, draw eyes and decorate with scales!