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Snail and turtle are friends – book and crafts

Snail and turtle are friends by Stephen Michael King is a beautiful book about a friendship between a snail and a turtle.  Sometimes they like the same things, sometimes they like different things, but they still enjoy spending time with each other.

snail and turtle are friends

Here are some fun facts about snails:

  • Snails can be divided into 3 groups: land snails, sea snails and freshwater snails; slugs are just snails without a shell
  • Most snails are herbivores and eat leaves and flowers; some larger species and marine based snails are omnivores and eat both plants and meat.
  • The largest living sea snail species can measure up to 90cm and weigh up to 18kg.
  • Common garden snails have a top speed of 45m/hour, making them one of the slowest creatures in the world.
  • Snails leave behind a trail of mucus to reduce friction on the ground and make it easier for them to move along.

Here are some fun facts about turtles:

  • Turtles are reptiles – this means they lay shelled eggs, breathe air, are covered in a shell (or scales), and are cold blooded
  • Turtles have a hard upper shell called a carapace for protection and a lower shell called a plastron; their shell grows as they grow; turtles can hide their heads inside their shells for extra protection.
  • The largest turtle is the leatherback sea turtle, which can weigh over 900kg.
  • Some turtles are carnivores (meat eaters), some are herbivores (plant eaters) and some are omnivores (eat both meat and plants).
  • Turtles have a very long lifespan – sea turtles can live up to 150 years or more.


Here are some of our favourite snail and turtle crafts for kids 🙂

Snail softie from Felt with love designs

Felt turtle stuffie by Lia Griffith

Coiled paper snail craft from Make and takes

Easy turtle corner bookmark from Red Ted Art

Button snail craft from I heart arts and crafts

Recycled CD button turtle craft from Fireflies and mud pies

Egg carton snail craft from Where imagination grows

Egg carton turtle craft from Crafty morning

Cotton ball painted snail paper plate craft from Kids activities blog

Paper plate turtle from Fun and easy crafts for kids

Shake painting – cute snail rock craft from Kids craft room

Painted rock turtle craft from Easy peasy and fun

Tissue paper snail craft from Fireflies and mudpies

Tissue paper and paper plate turtle craft from Fireflies and mudpies

Lucetting a snail by Rhythm of the home blog

Weaving cute baby turtles using God’s eye pattern from Pink stripey socks

What is your child’s favourite – the snail or the turtle?

We would love to see their creations – just post pics to Facebook or Instagram with #littlegreencrafters. 🙂

You can find heaps more fun kids crafts on our Pinterest page here.