Invite your children to do one or more of these activities.
|Make sculptures by gluing shells onto small rocks or
pieces of wood.
|Trace around shells with crayons or markers to make
designs on paper.
|Create beach scenes by gluing sand and small shells
on blue paper.
Set out several colors of paint along with uncooked pasta
shells. Have your children paint the shells and allow
them to dry. Then let them glue the colored shells onto
heavy paper any way they wish to make collages. To extend
the activity, encourage the children to use some of the
shells to create color patterns.
Provide an assortment of shells for trying these ideas with
|Sort the shells by kind, color, or size.
|Count the number of clam shells, oyster shells, and
|Line up the shells from smallest to largest or in patterns.
|Guess how many shells are in a bucket. Count together
to check your estimate.
AND SHELL PLAY
|Set out a tub of dry
sand. Select several distinctive-looking shells and bury
them in the tub. Then invite your children to search for
|Add water to the sand
in a plastic tub. Let your children make designs or patterns
in the damp sand by pressing on different kinds of shells
Take your children on a walk along the beach to collect shells.
Talk about the various kinds they find. Also collect other
beach materials, such as sand, pebbles, dried seaweed and
grasses. When you return, let your children glue their shells
and other beach materials onto plastic-foam food trays. Or
have them work together to make a beach collage on a large
piece of cardboard.
Set out books that contain pictures of common shells.
Help your children use them to try identifying some of
their own shells or shells that you have on display. Explain
that animals once lived the shells and talk about those
that are familiar. For a creative extension, ask the children
to imagine that they are small water animals. What kind
of shells would they like to live in? Why?
DOWN AT THE SEASHORE
Tune: "Down by the Station"
Down at the seashore
Early in the morning,
See the little seashells
Lying in the sun.
See the happy children
Coming out to count them.
One, two, three, four,
Off they run!
Cook pasta shells according to the package directions.
Then try one of these ideas.
|Place the shells in small bowls and let your children
spoon on pasta sauce and grated cheese.
|Allow the shells to cool, add chopped veggies,
and toss with a favorite salad dressing.