Friday, May 31, 2013

Snail Painting

Let me begin by saying no snails were harmed in the making of this art.  Also if you are easily grossed out by slimy creatures then I'm sorry, because this post is full of them crawling around, getting kids slimy and stuff, trails of colored goo left behind.  Look away...or don't...preferably don't.

Snails are fascinating!  I've loved them since I was a little kid.  They are slimy but have the cutest faces!  I mean have you ever taken the time to really look at it?  Adorable!  They are also good artists.  To help your snails create art, you'll need a few items:

  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Several small, shallow containers (one for each color you plan to use)
  • Paper (a large sheet of butcher paper works best)
  • Snails
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
This activity is easy peasy.  Simply fill you containers with water and add food coloring to desired shade.  Gently dip a snail into the color and place it on the paper.  Let the snails go nuts.

Look at how much fun they are having!  OK, I don't know if snails even have the concept of fun, but it sure looks that way.
The more snails you have the more colorful your art will be, but you don't want too many, unless multiple kids are involved, because they can be difficult to herd. 

  • Make sure you talk to your kids about being gentle with creatures great and small.  It's fun to explore but we don't want any casualties.  
  • If you have one, encourage children to use a magnifying glass to view the snails and study them.  
  • Yes, sometimes snails poop on their art and on little hands.  No biggie, simply wipe it up and wash your hands.  Wash after releasing the snails too!  
  • Please release your snails...or feed them to a box turtle; they love them!     


  1. Can you get snails at a pet store?

    1. I don't think so. These were collected from the garden.

  2. Oh boy. I can imagine that my kids would be fascinated by this. But I just. couldn't. do it.

    I'm going to look away from the computer now!

  3. Oh my goodness, this is insanely brilliant. I think my girls would LOVE this- but it would sooooo be happening OUTSIDE!! Thanks for the post :-)

  4. This looks really fun. We would have to use slugs since I haven't seen any snails around. lol

    1. I don't see why you couldn't use slugs other then they are more difficult to pick up. Let me know how it goes!



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