The Snail and the Whale at the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

“This is the tale of a tiny snail and a great big, grey-blue humpback whale.” This is the tale of two little girls who love reading of snails who travel the world.

West Midlands days out February half term 2017

Image courtesy of the National Sea Life Centre

The Snail and the Whale

We’ve always been fans of the National Sea Life Centre and were ambassadors for them in 2016. You can read one of our reviews here. And when we heard that they had a Snail and the Whale trail there this half term, we had to visit.

If you haven’t heard of The Snail and the Whale, it’s a fantastic children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It’s aimed at pre-school to early primary school aged children. The book is about a tiny sea snail who lives on a rock. Unlike the other snails, he isn’t satisfied with life on his rock, he wants to see the world. So he writes a sign asking for a lift and a friendly humpback whale is glad to oblige. It’s a tale of adventure in the ocean – the perfect theme for the National Sea Life Centre.

West Midlands days out February half term 2017

Image courtesy of the National Sea Life Centre

The Snail and the Whale trail at the National Sea Life Centre

When we arrived at the National Sea Life Centre, the girls were given their dive log books as usual. But this time they were also given a Snail and the Whale themed activity sheet. On the sheet, it said what to look out for so they could listen to the story on their way around. They were also given a hat, much to Lia’s delight.

The snail and the whale story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is played out in a trail at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham during the half term holiday. This is the perfect day out in the West Midlands for pre-school and primary school aged children.

As we walked around the attraction, we looked out for the dive book stamp machines to complete our books. We also looked out for the television screens telling the tale of the Snail and the Whale. The girls loved pressing the button by the screen and listening to one instalment of the story at a time. After each instalment, there was a quick fact about marine life. This was a great way to bring the learning to life alongside their favourite story.

The snail and the whale story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is played out in a trail at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham during the half term holiday. This is the perfect day out in the West Midlands for pre-school and primary school aged children.

The verdict

We’ve been visiting the National Sea Life centre regularly since Libby was a tiny baby. Over the past couple of years we’ve attended quite a few of their school holiday activities and they’ve all been great. But this one was our favourite. Listening to the story in the setting of the National Sea Life Centre was quite inspirational. I loved the educational aspect to it as well and they definitely learnt a lot from the little snippets of information after each instalment of the story. And when we got home, we just had to read The Snail and the Whale again at bedtime.

The snail and the whale story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is played out in a trail at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham during the half term holiday. This is the perfect day out in the West Midlands for pre-school and primary school aged children.

Image courtesy of the National Sea Life Centre

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7 Comments

  1. February 20, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    This sounds amazing my girls would love it. The Snail and the whale is one of our favourites! X
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  2. February 20, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Hi Nat, what a clever way to encourage children to learn, It certainly sounds like fun and got me wondering if I am in fact a snail on a rock? That’s island life for you!

    xx
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  3. February 20, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    This sounds amazing! My boys would love to see this, they are big Snail and the Whale fans too. I wonder if our local Sea Life Centre does something similar? Loving Lia’s smile with her hat on too. 🙂 x

  4. February 21, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    Love this! You can forget The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale is my absolute favourite Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book. I’ve read it so many times over the years (I knew it off by heart), but still struggled not to cry when the whale got stranded on the beach and the snail saved him!
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  5. February 22, 2017 / 10:38 am

    The Snail and the Whale is such a fabulous book and one of my husband’s favourites to read to the children. I’d love to go to the Sealife centre too it looks like a lovely day out and what a nice way to combine it with such a fantastic story. Your girl’s faces are super cute in that photo too!
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  6. February 22, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    We love the Snail and the Whale too and the trail sounds like a brilliant way of helping to bring the book to life as well as learning some more facts about sea creatures too. Love how happy Lia looks with her hat as well! 🙂
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