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Exploring outdoors – Snails

With all of the wet weather in the UK recently we have taken the opportunity to look for some snails. So J and T went hunting in the undergrowth that is one of our flower beds (yes maybe I need to do a little weeding but I love the greenness of it!).

snail hunting for toddler and pre-schoolersJ is extremely good at spotting bugs – whether because he is closer to them or because he has great eye sight I will never know but very quickly he had found some snails in the bush.

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J finds a snail

J is really careful when he finds bugs in the garden – I guess because I’ve spent time with him last summer and over the autumn, winter and spring showing him how to pick them up and not squash them but he carefully picked them off the leaves on the bush and handed them to me.

J amazed as the snail comes out of it's shell

Again it was one of those awe and wonder moments, and when the snail popped out of it’s shell and walked across my hand towards his made his day, or so we thought until I helped get his and T’s hands flat so that the snail could go over all of our hands.

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J and T observing snail crawling across their hands

Snail hunting is new favourite past-time of J’s and he will hunt and hunt for them in the bushes at the back of the garden. He’s getting better and finding them in the shade underneath the leaves and bringing them to the top of the leaf, watching them and then putting them back in the shade again.

Our book link for Snail Hunting is Who Ate All The Lettuce. This is a great pop up book on an explore around Farmer Ted’s garden to find which of the beasts has eaten the lettuce. There is a slime trail to follow and lift the flaps as well as great pictures of the different creatures from Bees to frogs to snails and slugs.

The Rhymes are funny and encourage the children to follow the words as they are written along the slime trail. J will frequently pick this as one of his bedtime books and it’s well worth a read of.


  1. I love your web site:). This is a little random, but I saw your comment on the mamasmilesblog, about wanting to know where to get started for geo-caching. You would love it!!!:) Caches are hidden everywhere- urban, rural, suburban- and in many countries. I wrote a post a while back about it with instructions on how to get started: http://kidworldcitizen.org/2012/05/16/geo-caching-is-treasure-hunting-with-a-gps/ Enjoy! Ps- your kiddos are adorable. We have 4 kids that are really close in age (ages 4-7) and it is crazy and hectic and noisy, but lots of fun too!:)

    1. Thank you Becky – it looks really good and something that my husband likes the look of as well. I’ve been popping by Kids World Citizen I love multicultural and have spent most of my early adult hood living in Greece and Central and South America. I think over the summer we will have to give the geo caching a go

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