We had a little fun with snails in the garden yesterday. Daddy has a big koi pond and was tidying it up after the winter, he had pulled out this huge lily plant that had got far too big and was thinning it down to put back in. The leaves were covered in snails (normal ones, not water ones), there were tiny ones and inch long ones, ones with stripy shells and ones with brown shells, brown and green bodied ones and ones with really long antennae.
As we were picking them off the plant I had the idea of putting them on the slide for the girls to look at. Little 1 was really interested in the different colours and watching their eyes pop out and them coming out of their shells.
Little 2 was much more hesitant she doesn't really do insects, she does not like anything that flies and will come for a bit of comfort if she spots anything outside the window. She wanted to have a good look but kept her distance, in the end though she realised there wasn't anything to be afraid of.
The funny thing was that right from the first snail that was put on the slide they all made their way upwards regardless of the direction they were put down, it must be innate to get as high as possible and away from danger. We placed bets on which snail would reach the top first. I decided the black one with the yellow stripy shell was going to win as he was very fast and despite being at the bottom to start he had gained a lot of ground in just a few minutes. He didn't win! When we went back to look at them a short while later there was one snail right at the top of the slide and all the others were miles behind. No one bet on that one!
I suggested that Little 1 might like to hold a snail and feel how slimy it was, there is nothing wrong with children getting a little slimy once in a while is there!! She declined and pulled this funny pose pretending to be scared, which I just had to capture! She did however want to hold him on a leaf and showed him to everyone.
We had fun in our own back garden looking at the snails, I wonder what wildlife we will discover next time we go out to play?