This morning as we were playing outside, we found a family of snails under a bush at the back of our garden. We decided to make a snail terrarium. Making a snail terrarium is very easy. You will need the following:
*A glass or plastic container with a lid you can put holes in
*Branches and rock
*Leaves and other food
We first put a bit of soil at the bottom of our vase, along with some rocks and two twigs for climbing. We then put in some of the leaves the snails were chomping on inside. To find out what kinds of foods snails like we looked here. https://www.wikihow.com/Care-for-Garden-Snails. We read that it was important that snails get fresh food daily and the container is kept moist. You can do this by spraying it once a day with a spray bottle.
After we placed a yogurt lid top with holes in it in the opening of the vase we took the snails inside. We decided to research a bit about snails as a morning project. First we learned that snails hibernate in the winter and start to come out in the spring when the conditions are damp. We looked at the parts of a snail. Then we researched what type of animal a snail is. We learned that snails are snails are molluscs, like oysters and clams. We also learned that snails have both male and female organs. This led us to look at the life cycle of a snail.
Some neat follow up activities for this inquiry could be:
*Drawing our own diagrams of snails
*Writing out a mini report on the most interesting facts we learned about snails.
*Writing a list of names for our snails.
*Measuring how far a snail could travel in 10 minutes.
*Having a snail race :)
*Making different paths for snails out of loose parts.
*Writing a story about our snail.
*Writing interview questions for our snails.
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.