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By The Seashore

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” -Sandy Gingras

IMAG2807.jpgToday, I taught my students this fantastic craft activity! They loved painting the background, rearranging seashells and making origami sea creatures 🙂 It is a project that encompasses many different skills and presents a challenge for those who like folding paper and creating 3D sculptures.

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Materials:
– Large Cardboard Paper
– Acrylic Paint
– Square Pieces of Origami Paper
– Seashells Handout: Seashells
– Pencil Crayons or Watercolour Paint (for the seashells)
– White Glue and Glue Gun

Optional:
– Cork (for human character)
– Mini Seashells
– Glitter

I started the class by asking my students to paint the background with various shades/tones of blue and brown. We mostly used dark and light blue, turquoise, white, brown and yellow. After everyone was settled, I spent half an hour teaching how to make very simple origami creatures: Whale, Crab, Fish and Canoe

I also gave everyone a handout with different seashell designs. The students could either draw their own or colour and paint the ones on the sheet. After cutting them out, they glued on all their shells and origami pieces. Some painted on a cork to create a human figure. 

Here are some cool examples:

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Swimmin’ Handfish

•°•°•°•°When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?•°•°•°•°•
JUST KEEP SWIMMING  Φ  JUST KEEP SWIMMING   Φ   JUST KEEP SWIMMING

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Sea creatures are one of my favourite themes in arts and crafts :). This project, specifically for younger children, combines different motor techniques such as tracing, beading and rolling up strips of paper. The results are fantastic and I hope you give it a try!

Duration: 30-45min

Materials: 
– Large Cardstock Paper
– Fish Bowl Template (on blue paper)
– Construction Paper 
– Black Marker
– String & Beads
– Glitter