The second story we took our inspiration from stars Julia Donaldson’s (possibly) smallest heroine! ‘The Snail and the Whale’. A Whale offers a thrill seeking Snail a trip around the world on it’s tail, and shows her all sorts of marvellous things, from volcanoes to icebergs….But it all goes wrong when the Whale becomes beached in a bay and the Snail’s ‘curling, looping, silvery trail’ spells out a message that brings help. You don’t have to be big to make a difference. A pretty important message for a child! So, I wanted to develop a 3D element for this project that would allow the children to make a snail that they could then decorate… I found a salt dough recipe which used a microwave rather than an oven. If we got the timings right then they could make a snail, do another activity whilst it cooled and finish up with decorating the model snail….And that was it! Well, it took a little longer to cool than expected but that didn’t matter because we TURNED UP THE TUNES and had a dance!!!!It’s not called a club for nothing! I might have been seen waving snails out of the window to speed up the process and we thought one had crawled off in Winchcombe, but he was found on the window sill! The fabulous glitter shell snails all ended up on shelves in the right rooms at home, hopefully!