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Rattlesnake – with Real Rattle! Gallery
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Choose a colour and paint all 5 toilet roll tubes and leave to dry.
Once dry, select 2 of the toilet roll tubes to be the head and tail. Flatten one end of each tube.
For the tube which is going to be the tail, snip the flattened edge into a point.
Pierce holes in each tube using a sharp pencil and a piece of plasticine or some old clothing to cushion the pencil on the other side. For the three tubes which make up the middle of the snake make four holes (2 at each end, about 2cm in from the ends and directly opposite each other. For the head and tail, only make 2 holes at the un-flattened ends in the same manner.
Get the kids to lay the snake parts out on a table in the correct order
Join the toilet rolls together using either treasury tags (great for small kids as knots can be fiddly and frustrating!) or short pieces of wool.
Decorate the snake with paints or art materials – make sure you give it some eyes and cut out a two pronged tongue from red card or felt and stick it in the mouth.
If you would like to add a real rattle, take the lid from a plastic drink bottle and put a few grains of uncooked rice in (about half a teaspoon)
Cover and secure the lid using either Saran wrap/cling film or kitchen foil.
Secure the lid and rice inside the tail using sticky tape and rattle away!