One is a snail, Ten is a crab

one is a snail

Yesterday, the Preps read a story book that involves counting legs (or a singular ‘foot’ when counting snails).

‘If one is a snail and two is a person, we must be counting by feet! Just follow the sign to the beach, where a bunch of fun-loving crabs, lounging dogs, gleeful insects, and bewildered-looking snails obligingly offer their feet for counting in a number of silly, surprising combinations – from one to one hundred!’


We listed all of the different creatures in the book and counted how many feet they have.

1 – Snail (the bottom of the snail is known as a foot!)

2 – A person

4 – A dog

6 – An insect

8 – A spider

10 – A crab

The Preps drew a square in the centre of their page and put their choice of number (between 4 and 10) inside. They then had think of how that number could be made using animal legs. They drew their responses, then conferenced with the teacher.