Over the last bank holiday Daniel came bounding into the house, thrusting something into my face and shouting ‘what’s this mummy?’.
I jumped up as he was clutching a large snail. I explained that we don’t really pick up snails and it should be put back outside. Since that day he is has been on a mission to gather up each and every snail that exists in our back garden. He runs to me to tell me he has found a snail, and each one of then moved to the same corner of the garden. He is endlessly fascinated with them. There was one on our side door earlier in the week and every time we left the house we had to say hello to the snail, when we came home we had to come over and say hello to the snail. When Daddy comes home from work we have to show him the snail. He is snail mad.
Wanting to build on his enthusiasm I put out a tweet asking for books that feature snails. A couple of replies came back to suggest The Snail and the Whale and a lady who runs a book website called Books & Pieces suggested One Mole Digging A Hole. I also found another book called Slow Snail which I think Emma got at her one year check from BookStart.
So, armed with these books and some print outs of snails for Daniel and Emma to colour in we have had some learning activities. We have had lots of reading of the books above and he is really into One Mole Digging a Hole. I like the pictures in this as they are really bold and bright. Daniel takes great delight in pointing out all the snails he can see as well as the butterflies and other creatures. As an aside the Books & Pieces website looks great and the books are really good value. It is well worth a look.
We have been colouring in and I am beginning to give Daniel opportunities to begin to think about pencil control. We talked about how snail begins with a ‘s’ and he can tell you when asked that snail’s eat leaves, they have a foot and they have a shell which is on their back.
We have made snails from paper plates after an early morning request to ‘do making’ so a quick think and the three of us created a paperplate snail each.
We have even bought a snail decoration for the garden – which Daniel goes to say hello to a number of times in the day! It was a bargain at 99p and I can see we will probably have another one of these if his snail obsession continues.
I have made Daniel a little ‘learning file’ where we can store all his snail work together, and this is something I plan to do as we do more and more ‘themed’ work over the coming year.
I have a few more things planned including some colouring in of the letter ‘S’ to aid his letter recognition and to play a counting game with this fab resource from twinkl.
And I also found this little document that someone has created and shared on twinkl about the life of a snail. It’s brilliant and I can’t wait to read through this with Daniel this week.
So… we still have lots of little bits and pieces to do on our snail learning path. What other books should I be looking at that feature snails? What other learning activities could we do?