We've provided the beginnings of a picture of a snail, and the completed picture. Can the kids finish the picture so that they match up?
Learn a little about snails and enjoy our collection of snail-themed colouring pages, puzzles and printables for kids!
Learn about Snails
There are three groups of snails: land snails, sea snails and freshwater snails. There are thought to be something like 85,000 different types of snails altogether!
The snail belongs to the mollusc family. A snail's body is soft and moist and slimy, and is protected by a shell, which can vary in shape and size. When disturbed, snails pull back back into their shell to hide. Land snails come out at night or on cloudy days - they don't like sunshine as it dries them out.
Snails move on their one flat "foot" underneath the body, by contracting and expanding the muscles. Movement is helped by a slippery excretion of mucus which is made by the foot, and you can often see this "snail trail" across the garden. The slippery mucus means that snails can move along sharp surfaces and stones without hurting their soft bodies. But the process is slow, and land snails are one of the slowest creatures in the world. That is why we have expressions like "snail mail" and "moving at a snail's pace".
Land snails are mainly herbivore, eating leaves and stems of crops and regarded as a pest by farmers and gardeners!
Land snails have two pairs of tentacles, one large and one small. The large pair has a pair of eyes on the very top, which don't see very well but help the snail distinguish between light and dark. The small pair are used for smelling and feeling.
Fun fact: The largest land snail, the giant African snail, can grow to 38cm (15 inches) and weigh up to 1kg (2lbs). But that is nothing compared to the largest sea snail, which can grow to 90cm (35 inches) and weigh up to 18kg (40lbs)!
Our Snail Activities
Practise drawing skills by completing the snail picture, using the picture below the grid as a guide.
Spirals are fun to doodle. Our step by step guide to learn to draw a snail will help kids turn their doodling into a picture.
You might not like snails if you are a gardener, but you could still get the kids to try and write an acrostic poem on one of our colourful printable pages.
These cute snail bookmarks put a smile on my face every time I see them – and I think they might encourage the kids to get on with their reading! Cut them out and put them into a book so that a little head pops over the top of the page…
Colour in this funny snail - who looks very settled on top of his apple - using the pattern and colour grid as a guide.
Snails have shells that come in lots of differnt colours and patterns so have fun colouring your own unique design on our snail colouring page.
Here is a snail finger tracing worksheet for your youngest children. You could get them to colour it in and then laminate it for use with a dry wipe pen, perhaps?
This is a relatively simple grid copy, so it might be a good one to start children off with. Copy the snail on the left into the empty grid on the right, counting squares to help you.
It is fun to practice handwriting with our handwriting worksheets – and this snail worksheet is no exception!
Find out the colour of the snail's shell by working out the sums and following the key provided to colour in the picture. We've got 6 versions to choose from below (2 addition, 2 subtraction, 2 multiplication).
Practise pencil control while having fun by tracing a path through our snail maze to help the snail find the leaf.
Here's a cheeky snail illustration - perfect as a poster for a playroom wall, perhaps, or as part of a minibeasts display.
There's no mistaking this minibeast! This close-up photo clearly shows the snail's body and tentacles - perfect for your minibeast display.
This snail poster is perfect for allowing kids to look in detail at a snail's features - more so than they could do with a live one, perhaps.
The more you look at a snail, the more fascinating it is! This poster provides a nice close-up of a snail for the kids to study...
Our simple snail story paper pages are fun for younger kids, who can colour the picture and then use the lines for practising handwriting, writing a story or poem, or perhaps collecting facts.
This snail template is so simple to cut out and use but instantly recognisable. It makes a great shape for displays and crafts and looks particularly effective with a number of coloured snails squelching along in a straight line!
Practise pencil control skills by tracing the dotty outline of our slippery snail and then colour it in.
Trace over the letters and colour in the picture on this snail handwriting worksheet for younger children
They might be the gardener's enemy but there is something appealing about an animal that carries its home on its back. Children can learn more about snails by doing their research and filling in the sections on this snail worksheet.
Perk up your letters with this funny snail writing paper, available in three variations - lined, handwriting lines or blank.
Simply print this card (using borderless settings for the best result) onto A4 paper or card and fold. It's a fun card for gardeners, perhaps!
Here's a fun way for the kids to give a card to someone special. Just print (using borderless settings for the best results) and fold, then colour in...
Here is a fun "scene" of two friendly snails, enjoying their perch in a garden. It might make a fun poster for the classroom or playroom wall?