September 23, 2016

NOTE: Would still/always love to rehome any ceramic/terra cotta pots AND/or water catcher trays for our ever-growing plant collection. 

This week Purple Room kids went deeper into our worm/snail exploration, in the context of a larger discussion about what a home looks like. 

We started off with a discussion about what kids have in their houses that are important to them and their families. Many children mentioned their favorite toys, others thought about their beds and the importance of having a place to sleep. We talked about roofs, walls and windows; rooms shaped like squares, rectangles and circles; stairs and doors. 

Some kids thought about practical things like clothes, shoes and laundry baskets; pencils and heaters. We talked a lot about the importance of all the things you find in a kitchen and a bathroom; refrigerators, stoves, sinks - all the things that make food and water available to us. 

Then we looked closer at our worm bin and our snail habitat, and compared the things we need with the things they need - we found a lot of differences ("They don't need a toilet!") but quite a few similarities as well! 

After our home comparison we got to work making snail habitats and snails to live there out of our atelier materials!  Kids had many inspiring ideas about making snails - from wonderfully simple pipe cleaner coils and colored pompoms to elaborate multi-shelled antennaed creatures. 

Some kids went in a fantastical direction and some were very determined to make them as realistic as possible ("The body has to be soft" "How can I make it slimy?"). After we made our snails we outfitted a large bin to be their habitat, making sure we had all the elements required in a snail home. Black felt for soil, styrofoam shapes as "beds" and places for them to hide. A crawling stick for their "toy". Packing peanuts as their food, blue foam as their water. Even a small separate nursery for them to raise their baby snails in.  A few groups insisted they needed a roof so they wouldn't escape.  We settled on a see-through piece of organza fabric. I hope your children are enjoying playing with or displaying their snail creations at home!