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3 Ocean/Seashell Activities

Whenever we visit my mom in Florida, the kids love picking up shells on the beach (which for some reason are better than our west coast has to offer).  The kids are also so sad when we come home, so here’s a way to extend vacation just a bit… 

Seashell Headband

First step: accessorize with headband.  Presley chose the shells- luckily she picked the thin shimmery ones because they’re lightweight, stick on really well and are beautiful! I did the hotglue-ing of course.  Let everything dry and voila! 

Sea in a Shoebox

This “sea in a shoebox” is my favorite (I have very vague but also very fond memories of doing dioramas as kid!).  Presley drew a picture of our family at the beach,  we taped a plastic barrier we cut out of a shoebox to the front. For the ocean, we added some food-colored water to a plastic baggy.   Sea creatures are optional! 😉 Make sure to seal it really tight and place in the box. Fill the box with sand, and then you can add your seashells, and any other toys or accessories you have.  

Seashell Sensory Bin

Finally, we have our seashell sensory bin – try saying that fast 3 times! Take a big bin and scoop in some sand, pour some water in and then of course dump in your seashells. The kids absolutely LOVED this. Tess was scooping up the seashells with her shovel and laughing the whole time. Normally, I don’t like sensory activities because they’re a little bit messy, but I think the more sandy she got, the more fun she had. At one point, Presley even put her feet in. 



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (7, 4, 2). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.