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Here we go again….

Another birthday party!

This time, another little boy.

I had loads of really great ideas in the comments from everyone, last time I blogged about the difficulty of thinking what to make for Small Boys.

And this was one of my favourites…

A Snail Racing Kit!

I made a drawstring bag from a pillowcase (that can be used for taking things to Big School later on) and appliqued the birthday boy’s initial onto it.

And then filled it with:

  • some coloured sticky dots to mark the snails so everyone knows whose is whose
  • a racetrack-a piece of cardboard with lanes drawn on it and “START” and “FINISH” marked at either end
  • and a brief explanation (NB. I think you have to choose the parents of the Small boy quite carefully for this one-some will think it’s just brilliant, and others will just think you are a bit wierd…!)

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I was googling for some images to use for this post, when I came across this brilliant post on the Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives site-it has all the downloads you could possibly want for a Snail Race, so if you’d on’t fancy making your own-it is all here for you!

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I’ll let you know if it is a hit…

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  • Reply Disobedient Child June 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Just brilliant! I have to make one of these for my nature-boy (when he was four he decided he wants to be a film-making marine biologist. Or just David Attenborough. He’s 8 now, and hasn’t wavered a jot)

    • Reply Jen June 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      How fabulous to be raising the next David Attenborough! What a brilliant ambition 🙂

  • Reply knittymummy June 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

    We do snail racing at our street party. Its always one of the highlights

    • Reply Jen June 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      That’s good to know. I wasn’t sure if the snails moved too slowly to keep little people’s attention…

  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) June 16, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Fab … I’m a big fan of anything that gets kids involved with nature :o)

    • Reply Jen June 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      And little boys love slimy snails..!!

  • Reply suth2 June 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    What a brilliant idea. Great work.

    • Reply Jen June 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Can’t claim the credit for the idea-someone left a comment on a previous post, but it is fab isn’t it?!

  • Reply Hilary June 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    The Woodland Trust site is great isn’t it, so many ideas. Do hope the birthday boy likes his pressie, I’m sure most boys will love the idea of handling the snails!

    • Reply Jen June 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      It is a FANTASTIC site! Sooo much great stuff on there 🙂

  • Reply vickymyerscreations June 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Love it:)

    • Reply Jen June 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Vicky 🙂

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