1 May 2014

The snail one

Little 1 came out from preschool today carrying a cardboard box covering in clingfilm with a huge smile on her face, I knew what was going to be in the box and I was right - a pair of snails.

Little 1 has been rather interested in garden snails since we tidied the garden and raced them up the slide (read about it here) last month. They have been keeping pet snails at preschool since the holidays and after one child went home with a couple the other day the rest of the children soon started following suit and I knew it wouldn't be long before we acquired some too.

I was handed the box by her sheepish looking teacher who said 'I'm sorry, they all want to take some home'. She then said that she was spending rather a lot of time in her garden looking for snails to bring into preschool each day which made me smile!



In the box were a pair of snails that Little 1 had named Topsy and Kerry (yes we have been reading Topsy and Tim books lately). There was some grass, a bit of bark and a piece of cucumber too.

We took them home and spent a little time watching them and talking about where they live, what they eat and what their shells and antenae are for.




I then suggested we had a go at drawing them, Little 1 did really well first drawing the snails and then their home too.



(L) top view of a snail (R) side view
The snails in their home
Both the Little ones kept going back to watch them over the course of the afternoon and played at pretending to be snails too with rucksacks on their backs for the houses. 

We let them go after tea to wreak havoc on the garden as I was not allowed to throw them over the fence!

I wonder what she will bring home next!

25 comments:

  1. chantelle hazelden7 May 2014 at 10:46

    Those drawings are fab!! My 4 year old is obsessed with snails at the moment, the poor things get terrorised by her, she likes watching the "snail snot" lol #minicreations x

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  2. TheBrickCastle7 May 2014 at 12:51

    I love this post so much. I think it's brilliant that the pre-school staff have allowed the children to explore real live creatures and take them to share with the family, and I am completely smitten with her drawings. In the UK an adult or older child would never draw a top down view of a snail like that, and as she gets older she'll realise it's not usual and wouldn't do it. So much creativity is stifled by accepted norms - alas it's the same for everybody :)

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  3. Thanks, we followed it up with a woodland walk looking for bugs and a visit to a butterfly farm at the weekend.

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  4. My two are really into bugs at the moment!

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  5. Thanks for your lovely comment. I agree, it was me that suggested the side view after her lovely top views!, she described her pictures as she was drawing and had them all correct, not sure why I needed her to do a side view too!

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  6. We are really into bugs at the moment too x

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  7. the drawings are fab from your little one but I'm really not sure what I would do if my boys came home with snails in a box but to be honest my eldest is a bit scared of creepy crawleys the little one however thinks everything's his friends!

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  8. I wasn’t overly keen myself! They went outside at teatime, they weren’t staying any longer!

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  9. Zena's Suitcase10 May 2014 at 22:43

    My daughter has a growing obsession with garden bugs, I can see this happening to us. Lovely pictures! #BinkyLinky

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  10. No way could I let them in my house! I'm so queasy! Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

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  11. I only let them stay until bedtime!! they were not staying longer than that!

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  12. Lucas says - I love Snails and I think you ROCK for linking this up. I think you should ask your Mother to buy some of your own. Then ask for spiders, lizards and snakes!!!!!
    Grace - Lucas..................... behave!!!!
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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  13. Thanks guys, daddy had lizards once but Mummy has hidden the vivarium now!

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  14. Lol! I love seeing children so fascinated by nature and creatures etc. Lovely pictures.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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  15. Thank You, they are really into bugs and creatures at the minute.

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  16. Lol this is so cute and so lovely! Nice to see them so interested in them! The bit about the pre-school teacher made me giggle! Great drawings too and the rucksack play sounds fun! xx #letkidsbekids

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  17. Thanks, they have been snails several times this week.

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  18. They must have loved observing the snails! It's a good thing you did the drawing activity too. #letkidsbekids

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  19. They did love watching them and yes i thought drawing them would be educational !!

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  20. Drawing them was an awesome idea - they are a great creature to draw! #letkidsbekids

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  21. Super Busy Mum16 May 2014 at 09:20

    How fab! I love how interested they are and the drawings of the new friends are fab! x

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  22. My son loves to count snails from this wall on the way to school! He in on my lap at the moment & he shouted 'look mummy snails!' good thing that he lets them be in there cuz i am a bit scared of them =P #minicreations

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  23. I'm not sure I'd take it so calmly if my children bought snails home! Lovely pictures though and a great opportunity for them to learn :-)

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