Love this book! Norman the slug with the silly shell!


“Norman the slug with a silly shell” by Sue Hendra has been one of my favourite books for quite a while, so I was very pleased that Tom enjoyed it too when I introduced it to him when he was 2-3 years old ish. The story is about a slug named Norman who wants to be a snail, he is very sad that he doesn’t have a shell so he has an idea to get his own. He chooses his new shell which he is very happy with until……………..then he starts to dream of new things! This is a great funny story and I always really enjoy reading it to the children.


We are great fans of Sue Hendra and owe many if her books, Tom never tires of the stories particularly “Barry the fish with fingers”. I am sure I will be sharing many more of her books in the future!

“Norman the slug with a silly shell” inspired us to get creative! Here are some examples!

Pen spinner art

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Need: Pens, paper and an old CD.

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We placed a pen in the centre of an old CD and then spun it creating marks on the paper!

Salt dough snails

Need: Flour, water, salt, bowl, spoon, paint.

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First we made salt dough (recipe) then rolled it into a sausage shape then curled it into a spiral (snail shape), when it was dried out. We then painted our snails in bright colours.

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Need: Cardboard, pens, paint, cotton buds, paintbrush.


I prepared a piece of cardboard in the shape of the snails body which the children then decorated using the felt tip pens. Then they painted a circle piece of card using the paint brush, they then choose a contrasting colour to draw a spiral in the centre using a cotton bud.



For more ideas check out our pinterest board.

Happy reading and making! xxx


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