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PAINTING ON SEASHELLS

Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: PreK and up | Age: 2yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt®]
Summary:

This is based on an idea found in an issue of FamilyFun Magazine. Seashells make wonderful palm-size canvases for seascape paintings.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Rinse the shells clean and let dry.
  2. Paint tiny pictures on the inside of the shell. Fish, water, sunsets, palm trees ... anything you want.
  3. You could create a number of shell paintings and display them around the edge of a frame, or you could glue them to a terra cotta pot. The possibilities are endless.
  4. If you live near the water, you could make a field trip out of this activity and take the opportunity to discuss the sea and the animals who live there.


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