Easy Seashell Craft for Preschoolers

When my family was driving around Sanibel Island FL, we had so much fun with the tongue twister:

She sells seashells down by the sea shore.

Sanibel beaches are full of the most beautiful sea shells I have ever seen in my life.  Many of the shells I picked up on the beach were tiny. Just like snowflakes, each shell was different and special in it's own way.  I kept finding shells that were a shades of red and white.  My 6 year old and I nick-named them 'Strawberry Shortcake' shells. Every time we found a Strawberry Shortcake shell we'd get so excited.

But, what do you do with so many beautiful shells?  We used a basic recipe for homemade clay using whole wheat flour, salt and water.

Here is my recipe for how to make clay:

1 part Salt
2 parts Whole Wheat Flour
1 part Water
Glitter & Paint (Optional)

Mix up the ingredients until they are the consistency of a bread or pizza dough.  If it feels too dry, add a little bit of water.  Or, if it seems too sticky, add a little more flour and salt (in equal parts).

We used a cookie cutter to form a small oval shape.

Then, we pressed the shells into our oval shaped clay forms and created little keepsakes. We created a small hole in the top by pressing a straw through the clay. Finally, we dried them in the toaster oven at 250 degrees until they hardened.



 What's your favorite summer themed craft for kids? 

Reader Comments (3)

This looks like a great way to bring the beach memory home!
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjen fischer
How long does it take to harden?
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
This is such a great idea and I love how you used whole wheat flour too because it looks like sand. We live in Southern California and have so many shells, so this will be a great way to turn them into keepsakes and give them as Christmas gifts to family who don't live near the ocean! Thanks! How fun!

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