We have been studying snails in the Nature Curriculum. Slightly hindered by the snow on the ground, so admittedly it has been mainly theory based. However, it hasn’t stopped us enjoying some snail art and craft. We had lots of ideas, but just did three. I have to rein myself in sometimes as there is so much I want to do with them, but that makes it all a rush, rather than a chilled afternoon creating. Check out my snail pinterest board for more ideas
Our first idea was spotty dotty snails. There was paint in tubs on the table, and each one had a cork in. The children then made snails by dotting various colours of paint with the corks 🙂 I love (and so do they by the way!) using alternatives to paint brushes, just to show them that thinking outside the box is fine. You don’t have to paint with a paint brush because that is they way everyone usually does it. They loved the results, and we had three very different pictures, depending on how they had decided to use their corks.
Our second idea involved using paper plates for shells. First of all the trio drew a snails body on cardboard before cutting it out. Next they decorated the paper plate shell in any way they desired, before gluing it onto the body. We used pipe cleaners for antennae.
The final craft was using Hama beads. These are very popular in our home, and ours are out and used almost everyday. It is very rare for Dadda and I to go up to bed and not find some sort of Hama bead creation gift left on our pillows by any one of the trio. This one is our little lady’s creation…all her favourite colours!!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our craft ideas, and will have a go yourself 🙂