Tuesday, November 13, 2012

preschool shell painting

We love to paint on 'stuff'.

Painting on paper is all fine and dandy, but it is nice to paint on something different every now and then.

Nature has some wonderful 'stuff' to paint on, and as an added bonus it is free!  We paint rocks, seed pods, bark, leaves, branches, sticks - anything we can get our hands on really.

Here we painted shells:

Each shell is like a mini blank canvas.  The are small so they can be fiddly to paint and require a dainty touch - all terrific for the all important fine motor development.

We filled a glass jar full of the colourful shells, tied a ribbon around the top and popped it on the sign in table.   Other suggestions include:

  • keep them as treasures to bury in the sandpit or hide around the outdoor area
  • pop them in the block area
  • use them in imaginative play scenes
  • glue them to stiff board or wood in shapes and designs
  • thread them with fishing line and hang from driftwood to create a mobile.

Any other ideas?


  1. I've not thought to do this. I want to try this with my students, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. weight them in balance scales, make impressions in clay dough or sand, add them with rocks and sea creatures to water play, make clay models adorned with shells, count and sort, investigate the sounds they make using different containers, use in heuristic play, in the home corner as shellfish, read sharing a shell and use to re-enact the story, make indoor gardens, make living pictures and patterns (add other natural materials or glass pebbles etc.)

  3. I'm looking forward to your next innovative ideas that you are showing us. thanks.
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