4 THINGS TO DO WITH SHELLS

Let the kids col­lect some on your next sea­side ad­ven­ture, then trans­form their finds into cool room dé­cor or gifts for friends!

FamilyFun - - CONTENTS - BY ARIELLE GOD­DARD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY RYAN LIEBE

Pretty ideas to trans­form all those beach finds

1. WRITE YOUR NAME (OR A PAL’S)

Ev­ery­one needs his name on his door, right? (Right!) Glue a can­vas sheet (avail­able in the craft-pa­per sec­tion of an art store) to a pic­ture-frame back­ing. (Save the glass for another project.) Use shells, drift­wood, coral, twigs, or dried sea­weed (or a combo) to form let­ters, then glue down.

2. RAISE A RAIN­BOW

Add a dose of happy to the walls! Cut a rain­bow shape from card­board. Di­vide a stash of shells into three or four piles. Paint each pile a dif­fer­ent color. Let dry. Lightly draw arches on the card­board and paint each the same col­ors as shells. Glue shells to cor­re­spond­ing col­ors.

3. LEAVE AN IM­PRES­SION

Kids can make their own fos­sils. Form three medium-size balls of air-dry clay. Roll out into ⅓-inch-thick slabs. Cut out cir­cles with cookie cut­ters. Evenly press the top of a shell into the cen­ter of the clay cir­cles; re­move. Poke a hole in the top with a skewer; let dry. Hang with twine from a branch.

4. MAKE YOUR OWN MAN­DALA

This is a fun way to play with pat­terns: Place a shell in the cen­ter of a wooden or card­board craft round (check the cake-dec­o­rat­ing aisle). Work out from the cen­ter to cre­ate a re­peat­ing cir­cu­lar de­sign with shells; glue down. When it’s done, tell the kids their man­dala rep­re­sents the uni­verse!

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