Nature Crafts for Kids – Seashell Maracas

| July 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

My big kid, she’s going to be 8 in about two weeks. Years ago, when she was a wee 3-year-old, we celebrated her big day by making all of the take-away goodie bags for the kids coming to the birthday party. It has been a while since we’ve gotten that creative making nature crafts. But, this year we are in our new hood in Vancouver, throwing a fun party with friends she has known since the day she came into the world and we wanted to do something special.

So, we pulled this sweet west-coast themed kids craft project out of the archives and are getting down to the business of making some musical goodness courtesy of the sea with seashell maracas.

They are so easy to make, it’s not even funny.

Here’s what you need:

  • A morning out on a rocky beach (Royston beaches are great for this) collecting clam shells. Two shells per maraca, four for a set.
  • Dried beans, rice or other dried food.
  • A glue gun (parents only, wow those are hot)


1. Find two clam shells that match well together.

2. Fill one half with beans.

3. Hot glue everything together. Make sure to fill in the holes and get it all sealed up so the beans don’t shake out.

4. Let them dry for a bit and you have some great new homemade instruments.

NOTE: I highly recommend not letting the kiddos bang them together. We broke one doing that:)

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Category: ARTS & LITERACY, Crafts

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Robin Rivers is the Project Development Director for Vancouver-based Mherge Media Group. Often can be found leaping tall buildings with the help of great friends. Predisposed to odd hats and the color orange. In love with imagination, her kids and that crazy guy who married her.

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  1. Nature Mama says:

    We just did this not very long ago to with the tons of clam shells the kids collected while we were camping at Cluxewe :) Our favorite ones were the ones with bells inside of them, such a pretty sound. Great idea for giving them in the gift bags though. L’s bday is coming up next month. We just may start making some stuff to :)

  2. Shawna says:

    Congratulations Robin on being the mama of a big three year old! Three seems like such a big number when it’s your baby! My baby just had her 5th birthday last week and we made all the loot for her goody bags too. It was fun to make goody bags for a change!

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