Snakes for snack

We’ve recently learned that the letter S makes the “ssss” sound like a slithering snake.  To reinforce this new letter sound, we made snakes for snack…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

For this simple baking activity, you will need a couple of tubes of refrigerated pizza dough…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

Each child had the opportunity to make his or her own snakes.   The children began this activity with a small portion of pizza dough.  They rolled their dough out onto clean trays…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

If you’ve never given your children the opportunity to play in real dough, you might consider giving it a try.  The texture of bread dough is quite a bit different than that of a nice, smooth play dough.  The texture is dense and more elastic…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

Because our pizza dough was a bit more tough to work with than a typical play dough, rolling it out was quite a chore for many of our children.    Some of our students found it quite difficult to firmly roll the dough with the palm of their hands to make it long and skinny like a snake…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

Instead, many of the children found it easier to pinch off small pieces of dough.  The result was lots of little snake eggs…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

Working with pizza dough in preschool is a great way to promote hand strength.  All of the rolling and squeezing and pinching of the dough strengthens the muscles in little hands, creating fine motor skills that will eventually help children develop the strength to grasp a pencil appropriately…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

Once the children were finished with their pizza dough creations, they placed them on a cookie sheet…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

While the children were busy playing, the snakes were baking in the oven.  Deborah took the liberty of adding a licorice tongue and eyes made out of icing to each of our snakes…

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We served our snakes with a little bit of butter, cinnamon, and sugar.  The children all deemed them to be quite delicious.  Who knew snakes could taste so good?  And lets not forget about the eggs…

Snakes for snack by Teach Preschool

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Who said there was no snake in Ireland by My Montessori Preschool

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About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

4 Comments

  1. amber whitehead March 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the idea. I keep pizza dough in the fridge most all times so we are going to try this soon.

  2. Sheryl April 6, 2013 at 11:36 am - Reply

    When we made them we sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar before we baked them. The dough was a little sticky so they were hard to roll (a little flour would have helped) but the children enjoyed shaping them. We used raisins for eyes. Every child in the class ate the entire thing! ( we had 16 children that day)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      What a brilliant idea to use raisins for eyes and to sprinkle before baking. I never think of these things at the time!!

      • Sheryl April 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        It’s easy to adjust a project when someone else does all the groundwork for you. Thanks for posting such great ideas!

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