Snail Land

Mighty Girl (7.2) has been creating her own worlds recently. I think it was inspired by the maps at the start of books, but she gets inspiration from all sorts of places.

She has been creating small creatures out of blu-tac – this isn’t the best modelling material as it’s a bit too east to squish out of shape, but she’s made a series of teeny tiny snails, named them and then created Snail Land.

Snail Land by Mighty Girl (7)

The houses are all named with who lives there. Fast’s house has a medal in the window. There’s also Slow, Tiny, and Big. I wonder who Mrs Careful is, and what happens in Snail Hall?

I’m really curious to see where she takes her latest creation. She’s planning to write some stories based on the characters and world she’s been creating.

I remember creating characters and worlds when I was about twelve or so, inspired by The Lord of the Rings. MG just seems to make things up as she goes along, and I don’t like to interfere in case I put her off.

Harry the Poisonous Centipede

She’s been reading the Harry the Poisonous Centipede books, which has made her really interested in insects. We looked at the insect displays in Oxford’s Museum of Natural History, and both girls weren’t at all phased by the live tarantula, cockroach, and mantises in glass boxes either.

When they were very young, MG and DG weren’t bothered by insects, but they learned fear as they grew so it’s really good to see that Harry has reduced fear by anthropomorphising creepy crawlies! We’ve been watching YouTube clips of giant poisonous centipedes munching tarantulas and lizards, which led to watching YouTube clips of venomous spiders and gigantic insects!

Luckily Mostly Books have a great offer on Moonlight Publishing‘s gorgeous First Discoveries books, so we bought Animal Camouflage and Let’s Look at Insects to continue the insect theme. The books are for the 5-8 age range, but are suitable for older and are huge fun with see-through plastic pages, especially the ones with a ‘torch’. Some of the titles are aimed at 7-9 year olds.

Moonlight Publishing First Discoveries

Although we don’t home ed, we learn all the time so I’m linking up with Adventures in Home Schooling.
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6 responses to “Snail Land

  1. I love the snail’s names 🙂 It’s so lovely when children create their own stories, they have such wonderful imaginations. I hope that we’ll hear more about Snail World.
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  2. I am in awe of ‘Snail Land’ – she has got a wonderful imagination. My eldest giggled as he suggested that behind the walls of Snail Hall would be found rows and rows of snails dressed in posh clothes listening to a snail with a big white wig drone on about taxes. Hum, I wonder …
    I have never come across ‘Harry and the Poisonous Centipede’ books but I will certainly be tracking them down. My youngest happily picks up mini beasts but my big kid is a little ‘creeped’ out by them. I think these may well be worth exploring and we the idea of books with torches has intrigued us all. Thanks so much for the brilliant tips and resource suggestions.

    I am so pleased that you linked up to the first #Bigkid list. I do hope that you will join us for the next one!
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  3. Awesome map and stories, and I notice the Snail Cafe at the end of the road there. Might I suggest a Snail Bookshop, possibly with a few suitable slimy titles like ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’, ‘Ooze Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, possibly some poetry by Shelley?

  4. Loving the Snail Land, it’s so imaginative, and lovely how you give MG the space to develop her own ideas. Great also that our books form part of your current excursion into the world of insects. It is a fascinating world indeed and you’re right, once the learned barrier of repulsion is removed, you find much to marvel at. All the best to you and girls!

  5. I know the french version of those books! Good to know there are published in English too! I might spoil the kids and buy french and english version then!
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  6. Hello this is fantastic! I’m going to show this to my big girl Elizabeth. She is mad on snails! 🙂
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