DIY snail toys

Do you have some old magazines and you are not sure what to do with them? Why not make some snails?
These DIY toys were a part of our snail project and one of our upcycling activities. The boys made a few snails and played with them afterwards.
If you'd like to learn a few interesting facts about snails, click here

And if you'd like to make some, keep reading.

Materials:
-    Old magazines
-    Glue
-    Paper 
-    Scissors
-    Long round wooden sticks


Step 1.
Old magazines. 
Tear out magazine pages. Some kids find this thrilling. 
 


Step 2. 
Roll the pages. 
One at a time. We always use long round wooden sticks for this. Those chubby little fingers get to practise some fine motor skills.

rolanje papira


Step 3. 
Paper sticks.
Glue the endings and make your paper stick. These sticks can be used for making other exciting crafts. You can click here and see how to make a picture frame, necklace, paper bin and decorate your old pencil box.  

Step 4.

The snail`s house. This part requires a firmer grip, which might be slightly more difficult for little fingers. It is definitely worth doing it and practising, but adults can help a bit. 
 pravljenje puzeve kucice od papira
  


Step 5.

Cut out the snail`s  body and add a pair of tentacles. Yes, snails have two pairs of tentacles - upper and lower. We made only upper. 
It is better to use a thicker paper for the body. this way, when you curl it up a bit, it stays up.
 puzevo tijelo


Step 6. 
Glue its house on its body and voilà . The little snail is done.  

DIY puz

Step 7.

Add more friends and play.
 snails family

 

This article was updated on August 22, 2020

Marija Smuda Duric

A mum to two amazing twin boys - Einstein E and Power P, an educator, and a researcher.