What is the lesson
Making snails out of play-dough!
- CD67. The younger toddler begins to use pretend and dramatic play to act out familiar scenes.
- CD66. The younger toddler explores with sensory art materials and uses them to create visual effects.
- CD61. The younger toddler discovers living things found in nature
- PW50. The older toddler engages in a variety of physical activities
Your child will understand parts of the anatomy of a snail such as their body and their shell. Your child will be able to manipulate a shell, and use fine and gross motor skills when manipulating playdough.
Educational video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRmChG3Jf_Q
- Start by helping your child roll one piece of playdough into a big ball. This will be stuffed into the shell to connect it to the snail body
- Help your child roll a piece of playdough into a snake shaped piece, this will connect to the shell as the body
- Help your child roll a smaller call of playdough to act as the head of the snail.
- Connect all your pieces of playdough together, and play!
Activity Wrap Up:
I recommend making at least two snails. Once your snails are out together, you can easily extend this activity. Play with your child and make your snails talk to each other. Talk about where snails really live, or pretend they are living somewhere imaginary!
How do I know what my child is learning?
You will know your child is learning if they can identify this animal as a snail, even though it's a more abstract construction.
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications)
Next time you are at the beach, observe snails moving in the water!
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions)
If making playdough isn’t an option, it is almost always readily available at the dollar tree.