Make a Snake String & Snake Survey

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In this activity, learners will construct a measuring device (snake "string") to improve their observation skills. The snake "string" is used to check estimated lengths of pretend snakes like toys, ropes, or belts. Includes step by step instructions, chart, a "What's Going On" section relating the activity to the natural world and suggested resorces for extension activity. Can be used as game or competition.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Ruler
  • Roll of light colored ribbon
  • Crayons or markers
  • 5 or more snake shaped objects (belts, yarn, shoelaces, hoses, or toy snakes)
  • Pencil
  • Chart on pg. 2


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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