Keeping your preschooler occupied this summer is easy-if you have a few fun activities in your arsenal. This wonderful seashells and sand craft gives them something to do that is just a tad bit messy, but tons of fun!
For this project, you will need:
– A bag of seashells (available at most craft stores) OR several seashells that you gathered yourself
– Tempura paint
– Sponge brushes
– Paper plates
– Construction paper or cardstock
– White glue
– Fine sand (either from outside or purchased in a bag from your local craft shop)
– Glitter (optional)
– Hot glue gun with glue sticks
– Old newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
– Craft aprons or smocks
Begin this slightly messy craft by covering your workspace with old newspaper and/or a large drop cloth. Have your preschooler put on a craft apron or smock to cover up their clothing.
Use the sponge brush to spread a thin layer of white glue onto the construction paper or cardstock. Very quickly have your child sprinkle as much sand on the paper as he or she wishes. If you are using glitter, it can be added at this step. Shake off the excess and keep adding until you have reached a desired look. Let the paper dry fully while you work on the next step.
Pour a few different colors of tempura paint onto paper plates. Lay the seashells flat on an additional paint. Let your child paint the seashells using sponge brushes, adding as much color as they want. If desired, sprinkle the painted seashells with glitter. Dry completely.
Have an adult heat up the hot glue gun. Adhere the painted seashells (which are now dry) onto the sand paper. Create a scene, place them haphazardly, or position them any way you and your child choose. Once the hot glue has dried, proudly show off your artwork!
TIP: This is a great summertime project for daycare centers, children’s camps, and preschools, too. There is really no limit to how you can decorate this craft, so feel free to add stickers, write your child’s name, or whatever you wish across the top.