Seashell Painting Art for Kids

Seashell painting was one of our recent invitations to create. It turned out to be a wonderfully soothing activity with a beautiful product.

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Paint Seashells-Preschool Art

Before setting up this activity we read Sherman Swaps Shells. In the story Sherman, a hermit crab, and his mom are out looking for a new shell, so we decided to help decorate shells in case Sherman wanted to pick out one of ours.

Invitation to Create-Paint Shells


  • Shells-We used some from our collection, but you can also purchase them at craft stores and tourist shops if needed.
  • Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint
  • Paint Brushes

The girls painted and painted and painted some more. I think they would have painted every shell in our collection if I would have let them.

Kids Art-Paint Seashells

Possible uses for your painted shells

Although our focus was process-based art and creativity, when possible I do like to use the kids’ creations in some way when we are done with them.

Here are a few projects you might use your painted shells for:

  • Glue to a picture frame for a summer keepsake
  • Add to small world play (but not water-based unless you choose to use different paint)
  • Make a seashell collage
  • Add them to your sand table for a splash of color
  • Use them for counting activities
  • Use them to make mermaid jewelry–that’s what we’ll be doing if Lovey still wants to be a mermaid when Halloween comes around!

What else would you add to this list?

Products We Used

For more great beach and ocean activities visit our Ocean Theme Pinterest Board. You’ll find crafts, snacks, books, learning activities, and play ideas.

Ocean Theme Pinterest Board

Have you ever painted shells with your kids? What kind of paint did you use? Did your kids find it as soothing as mine did?

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  1. My kids would love this. I must remember to go get some shells 🙂

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  2. The shells look just wonderful! What a terrific way to explore a book! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  3. We love painting shells too! Yours are so pretty! I’m still thinking about how to display or use ours. You’ve suggested some great ideas, Shaunna.

  4. Oh, I know a little girl of mine who’d love to do this one! And, yes, they would make a lovely mermaid necklace!

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