Recently, my husband and I spent ten days in Florida with our youngest son and his family. When we first arrived, I told our five year old grandson that I brought some wool to play with. It was a busy ten days. On the last day he reminded me we were going to “make some wool stuff.” His three year old brother was taking a nap so this was a good time.
Knowing the kids love bright colors, I brought a variety of merino colors to play with. Luke chose orange, white, blue, teal and red to make a snake. He helped me lay out the colors on a piece of bubble wrap. He was fascinated when I mixed some soapy water — he didn’t want me to use dish soap, he was intrigued with the pieces of olive oil soap I brought.
When we finished laying out the two layers of wool, I covered it with a piece of netting and he proceeded to add soapy water with a sponge. I had him do some rubbing before he began rolling between two pieces of bubble wrap.
Sorry about the quality of the pics, this was a quick action packed process by an determined little boy.
We rolled it up at prefelt stage and rolled again in bubble wrap until it was hard enough.
I laid it out on the porch to dry (with 90 degree weather it didn’t take long.) Then I stitched on the eyes.
When Josh got up from his nap he went outside to play. Within minutes he walked in with the snake in hand asking “why isn’t the snake moving!” I’m glad it was a wooly snake and not a real one!
Since Josh didn’t have a chance to make his own, I made one for him when I got home using his favorite color green for the head.