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25 Spectacular Seashell Activities & Crafts

Welcome Summer!

We are kicking off summer with a BANG! and bringing you TONS of ideas for summer fun (woohoo!).

And since I can’t think of Summer without thinking about the beach, I wanted to pull together some creative ideas for playing, crafting and exploring seashells!


25 Seashell Crafts & Activities

We’ve already hit the beach this year and collected some shells, coral and other ocean treasures so we are ready to dive into some of these activities.

Heading to the beach?  Have the kids search for a few shells to bring home.  Don’t let them take the whole beach!  Remember, some of those shells are future homes to sea creatures 😉

If you don’t have a beach visit on your summer to-do list, check your local craft store as most will sell bags of seashells.


One creative project you can do right at the beach is Create Land Art. 

Gather some shells and other items you find on the beach (drift wood, plant leaves, etc) and arrange them into a picture. 

We collected items throughout the week and then put them all together to create a ‘shell picture’.  Then we returned most of the items to the beach and took home the few that we really loved.


Seashell crafts for kids

Crafting & Creating with Seashells

Beach-themed Sand & Shell Art — Happiness is Homemade

Seashell Wall Hanging — Crafts on Sea

Open-ended Seashell Creations — Artsy Craftsy Mom

Seashell Puppets — Zing Zing Tree

Seashell & Bead Windchime — Red Ted Art

Sand & Shell Castle (that will last forever!) — Meaningful Mama

Painting Shells — Fun-a-Day

Seashell Windchime — Let’s Do Something Crafty

More Seashell Painting — Mama, Papa, Bubba

Seashell Creatures — A Moment in Our World

Seashell Photo Frame — Here Come the Girls

Beach-inspired Shell Art — Crafty Moms Share


Seashell learning activities

Math, Reading & Science with Seashells

Ocean Shells: Art & Math — One Time Through

Exploring Seashells {with printables} — The Preschool Toolbox

How to Dye Shells & Explore Colors — Rainy Day Mum

Sight Word Seashells — Nuture Store

Shell Sorting & Print Matching — Mamas Like Me

Seashell Classification — Adventures in Mommydom

Beach Treasure Hunt Ice Tower — Little Bins for Little Hands

Exploring Shells — Fantastic Fun & Learning

Seashell Learning Activities — Natural Beach Living

Shell Matching & Sensory Bin — Stay at Home Educator


More Summer Fun:

Beach Scavenger Hunt with FREE printable

5 Science Activities to do at the Beach