Monday, August 15, 2011

Snail Paper Craft Activity

Snails are invertebrates (animals without a backbone) and mollusks! They have an external shell. Mollusks live nearly everywhere on Earth.

Snails move by creeping along on a broad foot called a radula. The foot oozes a slippery mucus which makes it easier for the snail to move.

  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pencil or other object to roll paper

  • Cut paper into strips. (My dimensions were approximately 1 inch by 10 inches.)
  • Curve one end of the paper under and glue down the edge to make the head.
  • Take the other end and curl it up around an object such as a pencil.
  • Cut out 2 small thin rectangles to make the antennae.
  • Slightly curl each antennae and fold up a small edge on each antennae to glue on the snail's head. 
  • Glue the antennae on the snail's head.
  • Now have fun reading some cool books about snails.
  • Older students can list 5 (or more) new facts that they learned about snails in their science notebooks.

Are You a Snail? (Backyard Books)   Snail and the Whale Activity Book  Hawaii Children's Book Why Snails Have Shells

Let's Look at Snails (Lightning Bolt Books: Animal Close-Ups)    Snail (Usborne Cloth Books)  The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane

   Have fun,



  1. What an awesome craft to do with kids! Love it! Looks so cute and easy to do. Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. awesome idea I love the cute snails come see what I shared at

  3. what a lovely idea! We always go look for snails on rainy days. We live in wine country and have here those really huge ones. My little 2 year old knows exactly what they eat and gives them names. She always wants to take one home, but I do not allow it telling her that the need to stay with their families. Well, thank to you we can make one or two that can alway live here with us. I wonder if we still have to feed him mushrooms?

  4. Very cute craft and the books look great! I never knew that there were so many books about snails. :)

  5. these are adorable. We have so many snakes on rainy days outside of our home - my daughter would enjoy making these!

    Thanks for sharing this on the Sunday Showcase - hope to see you this week.


  6. I love this craft idea. Thank you for sharing it! What an adorable snail. :)

  7. Thank you and thanks for stopping by! :)

  8. I love your adorable snails and I'm featuring them on my blog this week. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Thanks Meredith for including the snails in your post with a link back to mine.



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