First, the littles chose a wooden piece and colored it with a marker. Then they took a pipe cleaner that had been cut in half and threaded pony beads onto it. Using their hands together to do this required great concentration on the part of the littles. Threading and bead-stringing is a fantastic way to improve fine motor skills.
The pipe cleaner was then twisted into a snail shell shape. The shell and eye stalks had to be attached using hot glue which, of course, was done by an adult. Small pieces of pipe cleaner were used as eye stalks and a googly eye was attached to the end of them. Uber-cute!! We are super crazy about snails!!