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Our Story

Strange Snail is the passion of friends Ali (a primary school teacher) and Verity (a zoologist) who live in the creative and cultural city of Bristol in the UK.

Strange Snail grew out of a love of crafting and making learning fun with our children. We wanted to use our experiences to find different ways to engage children with their learning in a fun way.

Born in 2015 Strange Snail is our way of sharing our love of science, the natural environment, art and creative crafts - all brought together under inspirational themes in our discovery boxes. Since we started Strange Snail we've learned a whole lot about starting and running a business too - what we don't know about cardboard boxes isn't worth knowing...


Ali loves being creative and was never happier than when she could get her class, and now her children, stuck into fun and imaginative projects - that is as long as it didn't involve felt tip pens (one of Ali's pet hates!).


Verity PittsVerity is passionate about wildlife conservation and environmental education. She enjoys encouraging children to connect with nature and will be the cause of the unusual animals featured in the discovery boxes.


Herbie the strange snailHerbie is a Dlinza pinwheel snail, more of that below. He's a super-helpful snail who will pop up offering tips and advice to children on how to use the materials contained in the discovery boxes.

Why Strange Snail?

The name Strange Snail struck a chord with both of us. For as long as she can remember Ali has always drawn a snail on the back of envelopes when sending birthday cards to her family. The snail developed into a strange snail and the name appeared at the same time - probably due to the unusual drawings. The name reminds Verity of one of her favourite creatures - the Dlinza pinwheel snail from South Africa which is Critically Endangered.