This is a simple art activity that children love. Ideally, you can collect shells at the beach, bring them home, give them a wash and then use them for this but I know many of you are not close to a beach like I am. That’s OK because craft stores and dollar stores usually carry shells in their craft section. If you can go to the beach as a field trip or family trip, please do, there is something so soothing about searching for shells while the waves crash on the shore. I don’t know about you but it is one of my favorite places to get away from it all, and it’s great for our kids too.
Gather your materials. You will need some shells, white glue, a small dish, a paint brush, and extra fine glitter. Regular glitter works, but extra fine glitter works much better. You can find some here. You will also want a tray, so glitter doesn’t end up everywhere.
Start by painting on some white glue.
This makes the glue go on thinner, and that means less drying time. Also, the addition of a paint brush encourages children to make designs, and to me more mindful of where they are adding glue.
Add the glitter.
We just dump it on.
Shake off the extra. I don’t have it pictured here, but when I am using multiple colors of glitter, I don’t try to put the excess of each color back into its original container. Instead, I have a mixed up container with all the extra glitter in it. It’s fun for times when you don’t care what color you are using you are just looking for some sparkle.
Aren’t these awesome?
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