Shell Activities for Kids
Do your kids like to look for shells at the beach? I’ve always found something so satisfying about looking for shells, finding them in the sand, turning them over and over, comparing them to the others I’ve already placed in the bucket. Even though kids don’t necessarily need any shell extension activities other than just enjoying and exploring the natural beauty of shells, it’s still fun to bring the shells home and use them in our everyday play and add them into the mix of our other indoor activities.
Do you wash the shells after you bring them home? I insist upon it ever since we had a little beach fly incident. (Fortunately that incident occurred with shells that were closed up inside a jar. Whew!) Give your kids a bucket of soapy water and a scrub brush so they can pretend to be scientists, cleaning and polishing their specimens. I think Kiddo liked squeezing the soapy sponge as much as he liked digging around in his new shell collection!
Add in a magnifying glass to complete the study…
Kids still can’t get enough seashell fun? Try one of these ideas:
- In the past, we’ve used seashells as objects for still life art drawings.
- I’ve got some easy instructions for how to make an ocean in a bottle. Every ocean needs some shells.
- Shells are fun to sort into muffin tins. Use tongs or chopsticks for fine motor work.
If that’s not enough for you, some excellent bloggers have even more creative shell activity ideas worth checking out:
- Creative Playhouse: Sand play dough
- Here Come the Girls: Seashell frame
- Busy Kids = Happy Mom: Seashell ornament
- Educators’ Spin on It: Dye shells rainbow colors
- The Imagination Tree: Symmetrical pattern math learning activity
- No Time For Flash Cards: Beach sensory bin.
Do your kids bring home shells? How do they use them during play time? Leave a comment and let us know.