The chilly air is not getting along with Mr. Ringneck Snake. Cold nights make his back hurt, and snakes have an awful lot of back! Poor Mr. Ringneck Snake is feeling creaky and slow and this makes him sad. Old Mrs. Mole, his neighbor, told Mr. Ringneck Snake to pay a visit to Mother Dragon to see if there was anything she could do to help. He slithered a little crookedly up to the Dragon Family’s cave early the next morning and talked to Mother Dragon about his problem. Mother Dragon smiled and called Fiddlebug, Bart and Craig to the kitchen. The younglings quickly came up with a plan to help their achy neighbor feel better. They called it a Snake Warmer! You might know someone who could use some help with an achy body too. With a big person’s help, making your own version of a Snake Warmer is pretty easy. Here’s what you do:
What you need
One old cotton tube sock (the cotton part is important because it won’t melt in the microwave)
Cotton thread and a needle so you or your big person can sew the open end closed when the time comes
A bag of uncooked rice
What you do
1) Cut the elastic end off of the tube sock. Since the toe is already sewn closed, this will give you a bag.
2) Fill the sock bag with uncooked rice.
3) If you need help, let your big person sew the open end closed so none of the rice can spill out.
4) Microwave your new rice filled sock for about 2 minutes and feel how warm it gets! Now you can snuggle it around sore muscles and let the heat help them relax.
The three friends made Mr. Ringneck Snake’s Snake Warmer very plain because he likes to keep things simple. They wanted you to know that so long as your choices of decorations can go in the microwave without a problem and any markers or paints you use won’t come off on the person using the warmer, feel free to decorate to your heart’s content! Bart also wanted to let everyone know that this works great to make ear aches feel better!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!