Learning about Snails

Learning about Snails

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.

EYFS Snail books

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.

Snail s page EYFS

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.

Paper plate snails

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.

Ceramic Snail

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.

ideas for EYFS learning folder

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.

Snail counting Game

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.

life of a snail EYFS home education

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?

Let them be small



  1. Adventures Of Adam
    30th June 2015 / 07:40

    We love snails too! Great range of activities

  2. 30th June 2015 / 09:53

    Fantastic. My daughter is 9 and is still fascinated with snails – in fact, she spent a good 30 minutes watching a snail crawl across our decking on Sunday!

  3. 30th June 2015 / 10:57

    Snails are always so fascinating to children, my kids still get excited about finding snails in the garden. That paper plate snail is very cute.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  4. Jenna Michelle Pink
    30th June 2015 / 14:24

    Awww bless him. I can just imagine him saying hello to the snails and being all excited about them.Too cute!

    Also I am loving the paper plate snail ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 30th June 2015 / 15:01

      thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ yes both the children like to say hello and good bye to the snails x

  5. 1st July 2015 / 10:49

    Lucas says – I love Snails too and I also pick them up too. I like the idea of putting them all in one spot. Well Done lil’ dude ๐Ÿ™‚
    The Mother says – What a lovely post and great that Daniel will be learning too. We run a weekly linky every Wednesday called Mini Creations; where the Big People can link up all the artwork, crafting or #minicreations the Little Big People have made. We’d love for you to link this up ๐Ÿ™‚ #letkidsbekids

  6. 1st July 2015 / 20:55

    Love it! It’s great to encourage activities based on things they are currently interested in. You did some great ones! I love the garden decoration, it’s so cute, and you can always rely on a Julia Donaldson book! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • 3rd July 2015 / 19:40

      thank you, He is still snail mad so I have some more things planned for the summer break x

  7. 7th July 2015 / 09:17

    Oh that paper plate snail is adorable! I love how you take inspiration from every day events for your activities, and keeping Daniels work in his own learning folders.

    Thanks for linking #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  8. 7th July 2015 / 19:45

    My toddler is currently fascinated by insects. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

  9. Vicki
    23rd July 2015 / 15:43

    My girls have been snail mad for years. They are really easy to keep as pets in a fish tank with damp compost, a shallow dish of water and pieces of fruit, veg and salad. If you get a couple of adults from your garden there is a good chance they will mate (they are hermaphrodite), we had loads of clutches of eggs last summer which hatched into the cutest little babies. We also now have a giant African land snail as a pet, his name is Rik Snail and he is really easy to look after ๐Ÿ™‚

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