Thinking outside the sandbox! Now your kids can create their own shell sandcastles without going to the beach.
Unfortunately where we live in San Diego there aren't as many cool shells on the beach as you'd think. So as much as I'd like to take the credit for my mad skills in shell collecting, these are all store bought. But they are actually from my wedding in 2010, so I feel better finally finding a home for them!
The supplies for this craft are fairly simple. Find/buy a variety of sizes and shapes of shells, some Elmer's glue, and anything else you want to get rid of (ha!) - and let your kid go wild! The glue can get messy, but it's a good skill for them to learn how to control holding and squeezing at the same time (and squeezing glue in a line if you can get that far).
TIP: Turn the activity into a learning exercise by asking them to pick out matching shells, or shells of the same color or size.
To start, I drew the sandcastle, snail and flower on a heavier stock paper - you want something that can handle the pools of glue. And you can draw whatever they want - it doesn’t have to be beach related!
Then help them as they decorate their art by focusing on their placement and patterns. Even putting sand on the piece would be really cool after you're done gluing everything down and before it dries, for a textural element.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR