My family took a wonderful beach vacation in May. My kids had fun eating sand, finding dead jellyfish on the beach, and of course, collecting seashells. Forbidden from leaving the precious shells at the beach, we flew all the way home with a Ziploc bag filled to the brim with half-broken shells and sand. That bag then sat on our counter for two months.
During a recent string of rainy days when neither Doc McStuffins nor Sofia the First could entertain my daughter anymore, I got those shells out and decided to put them to use.
First I had my daughter paint a $1 frame that I’d picked up on a previous trip to Michaels. Once it had dried, we got out the old hot glue gun and put it to work. My daughter told me where she wanted each shell (or piece of shell in many cases), and I did the gluing.
We had fun making this project together. While the finished product is not beautiful by any means, it is meaningful and brings back good memories of a fun vacation. My daughter is proud of her picture frame and that’s all that really matters, in my opinion!
This would be a fun kid craft for any vacation memento – tickets to attractions you visited, a map of the place you stayed, etc. Any other ideas to share?