I know... I know you probably think I am crazy for wanting to watch Turbo for my 42nd birthday but the snails in the trailer were just too cute! I couldn't help it. You know what's even more funny? When we got home the girls weren't interested in watching it so Ian and I had a date night and watched Turbo all by ourselves!
Here is a trailer for it...cute right?
So yesterday we had our own snail races but first we had to make our snails. If you would like to make your own snails here is what you need to do (stayed tuned at the end of the post for an idea using pet shop snails, other Turbo ideas and even more snail themed ideas too).
1) Gather your supplies:
-scissors and glue
You will also need masking tape, marker and dice if you want to make a track to have snail races.
4) When your shell is dry push it onto your plasticine snail body. It might need a dab of hot glue to hold it in place if your snail body is thin.
|Sierra finishing up her snail she named: Turbo!|
6) For added detail you can use pipe cleaner pieces to add on racing details.
|Our snail racing family portrait|
8) Line your snails up at the start line, choose your dice and start your engines.
My snail AKA Pinkie Pie and Sierra's snail AKA Turbo line up at the starting line
9) To play roll your dice. We used dice in dice by Learning Resources because they are two dice in one and are great for floor games because of their large size. With the roll of one dice shown below Sierra gets to move seven spaces (being inside each other prevents the dice from rolling away or knocking into game pieces too when using fro board games and other table games).
10) The race is on!
|Sierra checking out who is in the lead and it's Turbo by a hair|
|Pinkie Pie is loosing :(|
|The Rainbow Banner Prize being guarded|
|Turbo claiming her prize|
I was amazed that Sierra liked this game so much. It might have had something to do with the luck of her rolls as she beat me 5 of the 6 times we played. We played using addition but it could easily be done to practice multiplication or even subtraction with these dice.
If you want to make your own but don't have any shells on hand you could make them with pasta shells like these:
Need inspiration for designing your snail? I found this cute online game where you can design your own Snail with this Shell Creator Game and save your picture. Here is the one we designed (and it was the inspiration for my snail Pinkie Pie I made for our races above).
If you are looking for some other Turbo related ideas THIS page has colouring pages, party invites, game boards to print, word searches and lots more.
Here's another colourinf page
We love snails at our house and Sierra often has a terrarium to observe a few. These real snail races would be a lot of fun this spring and I would think the food colouring would be harmless???
Escargot is not my thing but these cute snails for snack would be a fun treat on race day.
So are you ready for the races yet?