We recently sat down with a little girl and asked her what fun craft she wanted to share with us. She made a snail out of clay and gave us step-by-step instructions on how she did it. We are happy to share it here for you and your family as a fun creative project, but if you're so inclined, this is a great springboard activity to learn more about snails in nature
Have fun with this hands-on activity! For further inspiration, we have included more clay snail ideas for you to use on our Pinterest Board linked below, and we have also created a PDF of the instructions
if you'd like to print this out. Let the moulding begin!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Modeling clay or play dough
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners
- A bit of water
- Make sure that you have soft clay. If your clay seems a bit stiff, you can work in a bit of water to it first.
- Take a part of the clay for the body and roll it out. Put a part of that up a bit and shape it a little to be the head.
- While clay is still wet, stick two holes in the top of the head. Also make an indent for the mouth.
- Take the second part, roll it out and then spiral it together to make the shell. Or you can roll it the same way you would when making a cinnamon bun.
- Attach the shell onto the body.
- Paint the body and shell any colour that you want, preferably each a different colour.
- Let sit for a while to dry, ideally one hour.
- Cut the pipe cleaners a little more than what you want the antenna length to be. You will need two.
- Glue them into the two holes you put on top of the head.
- Roll the top of them up and glue a googly eye in that spot on each.
- Voila, it is done! Go ahead and make another one with your own unique design.