Snail activities for kindergartners encourage a love for nature and appreciation for one of the slowest, yet distinctive creations on earth. These activities involve handling real snails or making snail inspired crafts. Host these crafts at any time during the year or early spring when snails first start to make their appearance.
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Give the children white card stock paper and show them how to draw a snail's body with markers. Help the kids paint a small paper bowl blue, yellow or any colour of their choice. Once the paint is dry, turn the bowl upside down and help them glue the rim of the bowl on the snail's back to resemble a shell. Use a black marker to draw swirls that resemble a snails shell on the outside of the bowl.
Painting Snail Shells
Order old snail shells online or collect these if there is an abundance in your area. Just make sure that the snails are not living inside the shells. Help your kindergarten students paint three or more shells a rainbow of colours. Allow the first coat of paint to dry and encourage the kids to add more designs such as hearts, stars or polka dots with different colours.
Snail Hunting and Observation
Take your students out on a snail hunting field trip in early spring. Snails like to spend time in wet or woodland areas. Ask other parents to come along and help the kids collect real snails in glass jars. Once a few snails are found, bring the creatures to a picnic table and observe the snails together. Take pictures of the snails to feature in a photo collage later on. The kids can also hold the snails as long as they wash their hands before getting back on the bus. Bring hand sanitiser if washing facilities are not close by. Make sure the kids put the snails back in the wild, and ask them to talk about their experience.
Snail Photo Collage
Gather all the snail photos from the previous field trip and give each child his photo holding a snail. Some kids may have one or more photos. Help the kids make a snail photo collage showcasing their snail hunting observation day. Encourage them to draw pictures and put stickers on the collage along with the rainbow snail shells that they painted on another day.
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