Snail Habitat Project + Snails & Slugs Homeschool Science Unit Study

This {Snail Habitat} lesson is a sneak preview of my homeschool Snails & Slugs Science Unit Study! Keep reading to the end of this post to learn more about the big unit!

Where do snails live? Where can you find them outside? How can you build them a perfect home? HINT: They like warm, moist places with lots of food!

This snail anatomy lesson (and the whole snail unit) is perfect for elementary aged kiddos who would rather play with snails than read about food webs! You can learn A TON by doing your own investigating! is...

Lesson 3: Design & Build a Snail Habitat

Science Topics: critical thinking, problem solving, animal needs (food, water, air, shelter, space)


  • Planter, box, or garden space to build a snail habitat
  • Any other supplies you want for your snail habitat
  • Snails
  • Paper & pencil
  • Optional: camera, Snail Habitat journal page

Part 1: Planning.  Snails (and all animals) need food, water, air, shelter, and space to grow. Most garden snails eat plants. Use a paper and pencil to design a perfect home for snails!  You could make it in a pan, a garden bed, a box, a planter, or anything else that you think of! (Actually, “wild” snails live in a HUGE variety of places!) A habitat is a place where plants or animals live. How will your snails get food, water, air, shelter, and space? It can be as simple or as fancy as you want!

Part 2: Building.  Build your snail habitat! Optionally, take pictures of it and put them in your science journal! Or, draw your final snail habitat in the SnailHabitat science journal page. Add your snails and check on them occasionally!

I hope you had a great time investigating snail habitats!! This is the third lesson in the Snails & Slugs Science Unit Study. The unit includes 4 hands-on lessons and a set of printable bonus activities!  It's perfect for homeschool families and co-ops.  Click here to learn more!

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Happy Educating!
Carla & the kids who don't sit still