A Sensory Story With Norman The Slug With The Silly Shell

I will be the first to admit I have a slight book addiction. I just love children’s books with beautiful pictures or a great story. They are a fantastic way of teaching just about anything. There is now no space on the bookshelf so its a one in one out situation. I tried not buying books but failed. Instead I have found a solution. Buying books for other people.

I found the book Norman the Slug With The Silly Shell by Sue Hendra. I love the pictures in Sue Hendras books. They are bright bold and modern. A delight to the eyes and this one has a pink sparkly donut on the front. How could I resist. I knew a little girl who would love it. I took it home and left it on the sofa. When Noori came home she wanted to read it. We sat down too read and so many great ideas formed in my mind.

Norman the slug with the silly shell childrens book

Norman is a friendly slug who greatly admires snail shells. How he longed to have a shell of his own. He sets out to find the perfect shell.

Norman the slug with the silly shell childrens book

We decided to find the perfect shell for Norman the slug. We looked through the recycling to find his perfect shell trying out different options. We settled on a foil chocolate wrapper. We can now use our Norman for the following activities.

Norman settled for a lovely pink donut shell. Looking at his shell I knew it was time to make some donut cookies. I’m never going to make a donut so cookies are the next easiest thing.

As well as the ingredients you will need a set of circular cookie cutters.

For the icing I didn’t have any food colouring so squashed up a strawberry. The juice makes a natural light pink colour and gives it a strawberry flavour. You could use raspberries for this aswell. If you want the icing darker use some pink food colouring. I used this simple sugar cookie recipe:

Silly Shell Cookies

Preheat your oven to 180°

For the cookies:

  • 140g Icing sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 250g Butter
  • 375g Plain Flour
  1. Cream the sugar,egg yolk and butter together. Then mix in the flour.
  2. Get your hands in to make a dough consistency.
  3. Leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes. This makes the dough easier to roll and cut.
  4. After 30 minutes roll the dough out to around 3mm thick.
  5. Use a large circle cutter too cut out the shells. Then using a small circle cutter cut out the donut hole.
  6. With the left over dough and holes keep re rolling them until you can make no more shells. With what you have left make some odd shape cookies. That can be your tester.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10-15 mins until a fork comes out clean.
  8. Whilst they are cooling make your icing.

For the icing :

  • 225g Icing sugar
  • 1 Egg White
  • Water
  • One red berry i.e Strawberry or raspberry.
  • Sprinkles
  1. Combine the sugar and egg white.
  2. Add your berry juice or food colouring.
  3. Use your icing to decorate. I used a spoon and dribbled it on like a donut.
  4. Add your sprinkles.

donut cookie

Here are our imperfect ones. They taste great and were quite filling. It would be fun to try all different designs and make Norman a new shell.

Food can be used to explore our senses. Get your child to feel the cookie and describe the texture the sprinkles make. Say how it smells and of course how it tastes.

As Norman’s shell looked so delicious a bird flew away with it , with Norman still attached! He got free the only way he knew how. Slime.

Children's books slime

So guess what. We just had to make slime using our Ultimate slime recipe. Slime is great for sensory play. Every kid I know loves mushing it around in their hands, feeling the coolness then warmth. The texture and smell. You can add essential oils to your slime and any small objects that could relate to the story. Feathers, snail toys ,shells be creative.

Show us your slime on social media using #ouramanahsourfutures. Here is ours elegantly shaped into a snail-shell.

slime green

He now has a passion for flying and needs to find ways to do it again.

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We set out finding ways to help Norman fly. The first thing we tried were Norman rockets.

You will need two sizes of straws one bigger than the other. If you don’t have any straws no worries. You can take a scrap piece of paper and wrap it around in to a straw shape.

Norman Rockets

Supplies you will need:

  • A cut out of Norman
  • Your straws
  • Sticky tape
  1. Here you can see my big straw made of paper. It only needs to be short big enough to stick your Norman on. One end of the straw needs to be sealed hence the sticky tape covering the end.

Straw rocket

2. Stick Norman to the big straw with the sealed end pointed upwards.

3. Place your Norman straw on top of the small straw.

starw rocket

4. Now blow into the end of the small straw and watch Norman fly!

Before the child has their first turn ask them what they think will happen?

The next time ask them to take a small breath and blow. Then a big breath and blow. What difference does this make to how high Norman flies?

Balloon Blast Off

For another way to make Norman fly you will need:

  • Balloon
  • Straw
  • Norman
  • Tape
  • String or knitting wool (we used a shoelace)

The challenge to make Norman fly from one end of the string to the other.

  1. Tie one end of the string too a door handle or similar place.
  2. Thread the straw onto the string.
  3. Stick Norman to the top of the straw.
  4. Tie the other end of the string to somewhere at the same level as the door handle.
  5. Blow up your balloon keeping it untied .
  6. Tape the balloon to the straw.
  7. At this point ask your child what they think will happen.
  8. Let go of the balloon and watch Norman blast off.

Baloon rocket

Repeat the same thing again each time blowing the balloon too different sizes. Does the size affect the speed of Norman? Does it make him fly further?

As balloons and plastic straws are a threat to the environment and our wildlife please keep yours safe. There are many fun activities they can be used for so keep them in your craft box.

If you try any of these ideas or some of your own show us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the #ouramanahsourfutures we would love to see.

If you enjoyed our sensory story then read our others here:

A Sensory Story With Chickens Can’t See In The Dark

A Sensory Story With Peter Rabbit

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7 thoughts on “A Sensory Story With Norman The Slug With The Silly Shell

  1. Akamatra says:

    This is awesome. It’s what I try to do with my daughter too. We read a lot and I crochet her characters from the books and continue the story while we play!


  2. Kerry says:

    What a great way to enjoy a story with your little ones! I love your Norman rockets. Thanks again for linking up to #KidsandKreativity, I really hope to see you again next time.


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