6 April 2014

Snail racing

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?


  1. Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)15 April 2014 at 09:09

    Lots of fun! My daughter loves finding earthworms at the moment - she gets so excited!

  2. Merlinda Little15 April 2014 at 13:10

    Awww thats why I want a garden =) So fun! We have pigeons and seagulls in oyr small terrace and they are always noisy asking for food =P

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)15 April 2014 at 18:08

    Great fun! Love the expressions on their faces :) #LetKidsBeKids

  4. Fantastic, snail racing is so much fun and fascinating for children to watch up close.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  5. Loving Life With Little Ones15 April 2014 at 20:07

    We loved it!

  6. Loving Life With Little Ones15 April 2014 at 20:08

    Thanks, they were quite engrossed in watching them moving.

  7. My eldest HATES any insects. She will scream - I wish she would realise that there's nothing to be afraid of - However my youngest would happily chase them pick them up and eat them if she had the chance haha :)


  8. my lil boys LOVES snails...looks like you had great fun! #weekendbloghop

  9. sabrina montagnoli26 April 2014 at 19:41

    What a great bit of exploration of the "natural" wildlife :) #countrykids

  10. Loving Life With Little Ones27 April 2014 at 10:18

    thanks x

  11. Loving Life With Little Ones27 April 2014 at 10:19

    Little 2 seems to be getting better but she hates anything that flies, doesn’t try to eat them though!

  12. Coombe Mill (Fiona)27 April 2014 at 11:52

    First hand nature studies - the best way to learn. Love the idea of the snail race on the slide and this proves that not all children like slimy insects! Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  13. Loving Life With Little Ones27 April 2014 at 12:16

    Thanks fiona, we do like nature!

  14. Lots of fun! I used to snail race a lot when I was little. Cameron just wants to squish them! Thank you for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura x x x

  15. This is fantastic - what a great way to spend a day outside!
    Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop

  16. Loving Life With Little Ones2 May 2014 at 15:36

    Thank you x


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