You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can’t take the classroom out of the teacher…or something like that. Let me explain. I spent this past weekend at the beach to celebrate the new year. I LOVE to walk on the beach. The sound of the waves crashing has to be the most soothing sound in existence. Plus, looking for seashells and other treasures brings me joy.
It was during a walk on the beach when I realized all those bits of wave-smoothed seashells would make a super fun beach-themed snowman craft! (Apparently, the classroom is never too far from my mind.) If you live near the beach, you no doubt have an endless supply of seashell pieces at your fingertips. If you don’t, bags of seashells are easy to come by through Amazon or your local craft store.
If you teach preschool or kindergarten, make this a loose parts center! Use permanent markers to draw snowman faces on some of the seashell pieces. Then place them at a center along with more seashells and a sheet of poster board decorated with a simple seascape. Encourage students to use the seashells to make snowmen. You’ll be delighted with the creativity!
For older students, provide permanent markers, 9” x 12” light blue construction paper, seashells, craft glue, and crayons. Encourage them to create their own individual snowman crafts like I have in the image above. Then instruct them to write a story about a snowman at the beach.