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Rocking Snail Craft

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With bugs being a recent topic of interest as the discoveries in the garden of various bugs and insect have brought joy to the children, last week we made rocking snails.

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We made butterflies recently using filter paper. We stuck them to the tress on string and the bob around in the breeze. We also made twig owls too that are now dotted about the garden. I love displaying the children artwork inside and outside. They have just pride in themselves and so they should. 

Together we gathered the art materials they wanted to use and set up a station to make rocking snails - so much fun! 

I folded a sheet of A4 paper in half and cut away the corners, making a 'U' shape. This shaping is what will make the snails rock. Once I had made the one template and cut it out I used this to make the others. Really quick and easy to do and pop out on the craft table for the children. 

Available for mark making and creating today was Paint Sticks, Stampers and Sharpie marker pens.

You can buy the paint sticks direct from our shop! They're a fabulous art resource!

The children started by using a Sharpie pen on their large circle that would form the snail shall. They used their pens to go round and round and round in a spiral. An observation they had made from spotting snails out in the garden. 

Once they had created their spirals they used the paint sticks to create patterns and drawings. This was great fun and really made the snails their own pieces of art.

They stuck their patterned and decorated shells onto the card, off centre. This created space to add the facial features of the snail. 

From the corners of card that I had cut away to make the snails rock we made some eyes for the snail.  They added glue and stuck them to the back of the snail. They finished off by adding the facial features with a sharpie pen.

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They look great and so adorable how they rock from side to side! Something else we enjoyed making recently was some Very Hungry Caterpillars. We used recycled cardboard and collage materials. 

I wonder what we will set about making next. 


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