Sea/Ocean themed crafts – Paper plate shell lacing

Ocean theme kindergarten

Last week the whole family had a terrible bout of stomach flu and the kids were particularly affected and my little girl was out of sorts and just grumpy that she was feeling so ill. And the best way to cheer her up? Let her paint. Works like a charm, every time.

Since we’re on the sea/ocean theme, I decided to do an ocean theme craft – a paper plate shell craft which I had seen on Pinterest. Instead of just leaving it as a craft, I decided that I’d make it into a fine motor skill activity after the coat of paint was dry – but we’ll get to that later.

Ocean theme kindergarten

Cut paper paltes into shell shape – I cut a bit too much off the sides but they didn’t mind anyway

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Finally smiling happily!

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Concentrating hard

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Little busy bee

And so they painted – my girl with acrylic paint and my boy with finger paints. Since we were going to use the shells for a lacing activity, I decided not to use poster paint as the texture of the dried paint wouldn’t feel as nice and smooth compared to acrylic or finger paint.

Ocean theme kindergarten

All done!

After the paint dried, I simply punched a few holes, gave them each a shoelace and they could go string up the shell.

Ocean theme kindergarten

Lacing away

Obviously my tot had problems but my little girl loved the activity and she even went to sleep that night with her laced up shell … and insisted that her brother do the same too 🙂

Fun doesn’t need to be elaborate, don’t you agree?


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7 Responses to Sea/Ocean themed crafts – Paper plate shell lacing

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  3. How lovely! One of the most fun and colorful lacing activities I’ve seen. Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Tots. I’ve featured your post on my blog today Feel free to stop by and grab a “featured at” button” if you’d like one.
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  4. I bet the kids had a lot of fun doing that.
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  6. jack says:

    another great idea out of paper plate. I know about crepe paper art, origami, etc. this is new one..thanks. You guys (cute and little children) really did that paper plate art? How I wish my child has a talent like you.
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